A teenage boy was critically injured after being shot in the back Tuesday evening at an apartment complex in New Orleans East.

Police said the 16-year-old was walking in the 8500 block of North I-10 Service Road about 6 p.m. when he was approached by a group of men.

The teen’s attacker then grabbed him and shot him in the back after the boy struggled free and began to run away.

He arrived at a local hospital suffering from his injuries shortly after 6 p.m., where he was listed in critical condition. Police said the investigation is ongoing.