4 teens injured in drive-by shooting near Schurz High School in Chicago

Four teenagers were shot in a drive-by attack outside an ice cream shop across from Schurz High School in the Northwest on Wednesday afternoon, Chicago police say.

The group were in the patio of the store in the 4300 block of West Addison Street when a dark-colored SUV drove by and someone inside opened fire at around 2.45pm, the deputy chief told reporters. of the police, Roberto Nieves.

  • A 15-year-old boy was shot in the face and neck and taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago police said. He was listed in critical condition.
  • A second 15-year-old boy was taken to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to his back, police said. He would have been fine.
  • A third boy, 17, was scraped in the leg and was taken to Community First Hospital, where he was in good condition.
  • An 18-year-old man was shot in the leg and taken to Masonic Hospital in Illinois, where he was also listed in good condition.

Nieves said he believed the four were Chicago public school students, but could not say if they all went to Schurz. He said some students were expelled from high school before the shooting.

Chicago Public Schools officials did not confirm whether any of the victims were students and did not comment.

Chicago police are working on the scene where 4 teenagers were shot in a drive-by outside Schurz High School in the 4300 block of West Addison Street in the Old Irving Park neighborhood, Wednesday August 24, 2022.

Chicago police are working on the scene where 4 teenagers were shot in a drive-by outside Schurz High School in the 4300 block of West Addison Street in the Old Irving Park neighborhood, Wednesday August 24, 2022.

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Mily Garcia was waiting outside school to pick up her daughter when she spoke with another parent who saw someone open fire from a passing SUV at a group at La Michoacana ice cream shop, a popular meeting place for students after school.

She said the school was closed and she was still waiting for her daughter to be released from classes at 3:30 p.m.

Garcia said La Michoacana was a sore spot for parents because fights between students regularly broke out there. She said she had spoken to several parents who wanted the restaurant closed.

Two Chicago police officers walk away from Schurz High School as a detective drives to school after 4 teenagers were shot in a drive-by outside the high school in the 4300 block of West Addison Street in the neighborhood Old Irving Park, Wednesday, August 1.  24, 2022.

Two Chicago police officers walk away from Schurz High School as a detective drives to school after 4 teenagers were shot in a drive-by outside the high school in the 4300 block of West Addison Street in the neighborhood Old Irving Park, Wednesday, August 1. 24, 2022.

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A worker inside the restaurant said she was working when she and a co-worker got down after hearing at least four gunshots ring out. Moments later, the worker – who did not want to be identified – heard screaming outside.

Two students said they were locked in their classroom after the shots rang out.

“At first we thought it was a drill,” said one student, who asked not to be named. Five minutes after being ordered to stay in their classrooms, students said they realized it was more serious.

Nieves said police patrols would be stepped up at the school as pupils arrive and dismiss on Thursday. He asked anyone with information to call the Area 5 detectives.

Schurz High School is located in the Old Irving Park neighborhood. In 2019, a 17-year-old boy was shot and killed when a gunman standing in a corner near the school shot at his car. In 2006, three students were shot in front of the school.

Contributor: Nader Issa

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