DOLTON | Two young men and a 12-year-old boy, enjoying the warm holiday weather with family and friends, were shot Monday morning.
All three were taken to area hospitals with nonlife-threatening injuries, Dolton Police Chief John Franklin said.
"They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time," he said.
Shots rang out in the area of 143rd Avenue and Woodlawn just before 11 a.m. as families in the area were getting ready to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday. Two of the victims, the 12-year-old and a 17-year-old, were riding their bicycles and a 21-year-old man was walking in the area, Franklin said.
Prior to the shooting, suspects in a gold Chrysler 300 were speaking to someone on a bicycle in the area. Franklin said the two parties "had words," then separated. The Chrysler 300 came back around the area and someone inside began "spraying bullets," Franklin said, adding at least six to eight shots were fired.
The 12-year-old was shot in the right arm and the 21-year-old was shot in the right hand and right thigh. Both were transported to Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond.
The 17-year-old was shot in the right thigh, but the bullet traveled up through his abdomen, Franklin said. He was transported to Ingall's Memorial Hospital in Harvey.
Franklin said none of the three victims were involved in the original disagreement between the bicyclist and people in the car. The three victims also did not know each other.
The Illinois State Police crime lab helped process the scene.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the police department at (708) 201-3200.