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A teenage boy was critically injured when he was shot in the back Tuesday evening at an apartment complex in New Orleans East, police said.

Police said the 16-year-old was walking in the 8500 block of the North I-10 Service Road about 6 p.m. when he was approached by a group of men. One man grabbed him and then shot him in the back after the boy struggled free and began to run away, police said.

He was listed in critical condition at a hospital. Police said the investigation is ongoing.