Monday, August 11, 2008

Teen shot in leg this afternoon
from the

PEORIA — A 14-year-old boy was shot in the leg this afternoon, police said. Just before 2 p.m., officers were dispatched to 723 E. LaSalle St. and found the teen on the front porch.

"Shots rang out from across the street it appears and he was shot," Sgt. Mannie Russell said at the scene. "We have witnesses who heard the shots, but they didn’t see a whole lot." An ambulance took the boy to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center for treatment. His condition was not immediately available, but the injury does not appear life threatening, officers said. Police were interviewing several people, but it was not immediately available whether any of them was believed to be the shooter.

The East Bluff neighborhood appeared unfazed by the daytime shooting. Children flocked to porches and front lawns, playing with each other as police scoured the area for evidence.

EMERGE says: Already the racist vultures are circling in the blogs. Interesting how the Journal Star portrays the children in that area as “unfazed by the daytime shooting”.