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Producer: Shooting of boy in ad underscores Chicago violence

  • This undated image from video provided by Burrell Communications Group shows Zarriel Trotter, as he appeared in an anti-violence ad produced by Burrell. Trotter was hit in the back by a stray bullet outside his home Friday while two groups were fighting down the street. Burrell Communications Vice President Lisa McConnell said Tuesday, March 29, 2016 that the shooting of 13-year-old Zarriel, was something that almost could be expected in the boy's neighborhood of Austin on Chicago's west side. (Burrell Communications Group photo via AP)

    This undated image from video provided by Burrell Communications Group shows Zarriel Trotter, as he appeared in an anti-violence ad produced by Burrell. Trotter was hit in the back by a stray bullet outside his home Friday while two groups were fighting down the street. Burrell Communications Vice President Lisa McConnell said Tuesday, March 29, 2016 that the shooting of 13-year-old Zarriel, was something that almost could be expected in the boy's neighborhood of Austin on Chicago's west side. (Burrell Communications Group photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated image from video provided by Burrell Communications Group shows Zarriel Trotter, as he appeared in an anti-violence ad produced by Burrell. Trotter was hit in the back by a stray bullet outside his home Friday while two groups were fighting down the street. Burrell Communications Vice President Lisa McConnell said Tuesday, March 29, 2016 that the shooting of 13-year-old Zarriel, was something that almost could be expected in the boy's neighborhood of Austin on Chicago's west side. (Burrell Communications Group photo via AP)

    This undated image from video provided by Burrell Communications Group shows Zarriel Trotter, as he appeared in an anti-violence ad produced by Burrell. Trotter was hit in the back by a stray bullet outside his home Friday while two groups were fighting down the street. Burrell Communications Vice President Lisa McConnell said Tuesday, March 29, 2016 that the shooting of 13-year-old Zarriel, was something that almost could be expected in the boy's neighborhood of Austin on Chicago's west side. (Burrell Communications Group photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A producer of anti-violence ads says the shooting of a Chicago seventh-grader who appeared in one underscores how gun violence is all too common in big-city neighborhoods.

Burrell Communications Vice President Lisa McConnell said Tuesday the shooting of 13-year-old Zarriel Trotter was something that almost could be expected in the boy's neighborhood of Austin on Chicago's west side.

In the ad, Zarriel says he doesn't want to live in a neighborhood where he keeps hearing about people being shot.

Police say Zarriel was hit in the back by a stray bullet outside his home Friday night while two groups were fighting down the street.

The boy was in critical condition Saturday at Mount Sinai Hospital. The hospital declined to provide an update on his condition Tuesday on his family's instructions.