When a 13-year-old boy was shot while walking with his cousin in South Chicago Monday, Chicago officers responded.

Swaysee Rankin suffered gunshot wounds to the back and abdomen, while his 14-year-old cousin was shot in the chest and abdomen, police said. They were both listed in critical condition when brought to the hospital, Fox 32 reports.

Swaysee’s mother, Ashley Jackson, told reporters outside Comer Children’s Hospital Tuesday that the shooting appeared to be random.

Jackson credited police officers for rushing her son by squad car to the hospital. "The police transported him in the police vehicle instead of waiting for EMS, which ultimately saved his life," she said.

 

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