According to police, Kenny McVery, 19, was playing basketball at Mercedes Cotner Park, in the area of West 97th Street and Walford Avenue, about 6:30 p.m.

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CLEVELAND -- Police are investigating after a teenager was shot while playing basketball Monday evening.

According to police, Kenny McVery, 19, was playing basketball at Mercedes Cotner Park, in the area of West 97th Street and Walford Avenue, about 6:30 p.m.

A group of five to seven teenage males approached the park and got into a verbal altercation with another group, according to police.

McVery heard gunshots and was running from the area when he was shot in the back.

He was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available.

Police ask that anyone with information contact the First District Detective Bureau at (216) 623-5118.

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