A 15-year-old boy was shot on Wednesday morning, Sept. 11, while walking to school in a neighborhood in South Chicago.

Capt. Terry McMahon of Chicago Police said officers replied to a gunshot detection alert from ShotSpotter around 8:30 a.m. finding a 15-year-old boy who was shot several times.

The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

“Anytime you have violence within our city streets, it’s horrific. The Chicago Police Department is in tune with keeping our children safe on the street, so this one hits personally hard in the 4th District,” McMahon said.

Police said that while walking to school, the boy was shot on the sidewalk.

McMahon said he didn’t know where the boy was going to school, but the street where the attack happened is not a Safe Passage route.

Police asked any possible witnesses to come forward, including any neighbors that might have cameras or doorbell cameras capable of recording the shooting.

Detectives from the south area were investigating.