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Teen waits 14 hours to report being shot outside school

Staff report

11:02 AM CST, March 1, 2012

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A 14-year-old boy wounded with two other youths in a drive-by shooting Wednesday evening waited until he was able to see a nurse at West Side elementary school this morning to report he had been shot outside the school, police said.

The boy was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition after firefighters were called to the Lathrop Elementary School at 1440 S. Christiana Avenue at 9:05 a.m., according to Richard Rosado, a Fire Department spokesman.

The teen went to a school nurse this morning and said he had suffered a graze wound to the foot in a shooting Wednesday evening in front of the school, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez.

Two others -- a 12-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man -- were also wounded, police said. The 12-year-old and the 18-year-old man were walking by the school at about 6:30 p.m. when a purple car, possibly a Pontiac Gran Prix, drove up and someone inside fired several shots, striking both of them in the foot or ankle, Perez said.

The 14-year-old was nearby and was also struck by the gunfire, police said. None of the injuries were considered serious.

Robin Hood, of Redeemed Outreach Ministries in North Lawndale, said the community saw six killings in February, a result of escalating violence among gangs.

“There’s definitely a war going on with these gangs,” Hood said. “All of them. We’ve never had anything like that. We’ve always had problems, but now we’ve got super problems.”

Hood, church members and community groups had already scheduled a weekend rally in Lawndale to call on Gov. Pat Quinn to fund a full Cease Fire program in the community. Those funds would bring three additional “violence interrupters” and two additional outreach workers to try and bring an end to the warfare, Hood said.

“You need people on the street to try and stay out in front of the violence,” he said. “So that’s what we’re going to ask for.”

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