Mother of teen shot in Pilsen describes confusion, terror at scene

CHICAGO — The mother of a teenager who was shot in the head last week is now speaking out about her 13-year-old son.

Axel Robledo was shot around 10:30 pm on Tuesday, September 13, near 21st Place and Wood in Pilsen.

Chicago police said he was outside with a family member when two people approached and began shooting at them.

He was shot in the head and was transported to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

His mother, Sonia Salgado, asked not to be on camera but wanted to share details about the night she almost lost her son.

“It was September 13 and like every year, I take them to celebrate their grandmother’s birthday,” he said. “The next thing we know, we hear fireworks. I thought it was fireworks and then everyone started yelling my son’s name. … I saw him lying on the floor with a lot of blood and I didn’t know if he was alive”.

Axel has had two major surgeries to remove the bullets and is making great progress each day.

“I haven’t been out of this hospital since Tuesday, but it’s going to be a long-term recovery, months,” Salgado said. “It’s very positive. He is very brave and I am very proud of him.”

Salgado said Axel is moving around, listening and talking and letting his family know he is moving forward. He is relying on his faith for strength.

“He’s been very attentive to the nurses asking his name and has been asking them to pray for him,” Salgado said.

Isaías Rentería, 22, and Pedro Molina, 23, were arrested last week in connection with the shooting.

Both are charged with attempted first degree murder.

Salgado said she is thankful those responsible are behind bars so her focus can remain on her son’s recovery. There is a GoFundMe account created to help the family.

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