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A 17-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman were wounded Monday morning during separate shootings on the South Side.

A person trying to rob the girl shot her in the abdomen about 7:55 a.m. in the 10200 block of South Commercial Avenue in the city's South Deering neighborhood, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

A South Chicago District police lieutenant said the victim was on her way to school and was waiting for a bus when the assailant demanded her cell phone and then shot her.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Will Knight said the victim was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The girl is a senior at Epic Academy charter school, 8255 S. Huston Ave., officials said.

In a statement, Epic Academy Principal Mathew King, said the girl was a student and that the attempted robbery happened about three miles from the campus.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the student, who was shot during the assault.  Our social workers are available for students and faculty to assist them during this time," King said.
 
Neighbors tell WGN they heard a single gunshot and then saw the girl go down yelling she had been hit.
 
A neighbor says her husband was coming home at the time of shooting.  He saw the girl fall to the ground and then saw a car speed away through an alley.
 
The girl's aunt told WGN, “Our faith is keeping us and our faith is keeping her.  Continue to pray, not only for (her), but for the children of this city.”
 
Police say they have no one in custody and they have no description of the suspect.

No one is in custody and Area South detectives are investigating, Estrada said.

In a separate attack about 10:45 a.m. in the 7100 block of South Halsted Street, a 21-year-old woman was shot in the right thigh and buttocks, said News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan.

That victim was taken in serious condition to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, said Knight.

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