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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – Police in East St. Louis say a 14-year-old boy was hospitalized after repeatedly being shot while mowing the grass at his home.

Investigators say Monday afternoon’s shooting was the latest violence in a two-day stretch in the struggling city where a prosecutor last week heralded gains in curbing homicides.

Police Lt. Col. Ronald Ike tells the Belleville News-Democrat that the teenager’s mother called police to report that her son had been shot. She put the boy in her car and headed for the hospital before her vehicle was intercepted by an ambulance that finished that trip.

There’s no word on the teen’s medical condition Tuesday.

That shooting came just a day after three people were killed during a shooting outside an East St. Louis nightclub.

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