Four students wounded in drive-by shooting outside ice cream shop in Chicago

A 15-year-old boy has been left in a critical condition after he and three other students were ambushed in a drive-by shooting outside an ice cream shop close to a Chicago high school.

The shooting unfolded near Carl Schurz High School in Irving Park on the northwest side of the Windy City at around 2.45pm on Wednesday afternoon – just 10 minutes before classes ended for the day.

Chicago Police said that a group of students were on the patio in front of the ice cream at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Addison Street when a dark-coloured SUV pulled up.

A gunman opened fire from the car on the group of teenagers in the street before the vehicle sped away from the scene.

Four teenage boys were shot and injured in the ambush-style attack, including one 15-year-old boy who remains in a critical condition in hospital after suffering gunshot wounds to the face and neck.

Another 15-year-old boy was shot in the back, an 18-year-old boy was shot in the leg and the fourth victim – a 17-year-old boy – suffered a graze wound to the leg. They are all said to be in a good condition.

Police on the scene of the drive-by shooting on Wednesday afternoon