West Side
News News/Local West Side

Teen waits 14 hours to report being shot outside school

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.”

chicagobreaking@tribune.com

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
Related Content
  • New reality TV show to follow Chicago tattoo artists

    New reality TV show to follow Chicago tattoo artists

    Artists at a Pilsen tattoo shop who claim they "run Chicago" will be the focus of a new VH1 reality TV show, network representatives announced this week. "Black Ink Crew: Chicago," which premieres Oct. 26, profiles the artists at 9Mag tattoo parlor, 2150 S. Canalport Ave. The show "follows a passionate...

  • At least 11 people shot dead, including 11-year-old boy, since late Tuesday in Chicago

    At least 11 people shot dead, including 11-year-old boy, since late Tuesday in Chicago

    At least 11 people have died and 14 others have been wounded in separate shootings in Chicago since late Tuesday, including the accidental shooting of an 11-year-old boy, police said.

  • Emanuel set to call for largest property tax hike in modern Chicago history

    Emanuel set to call for largest property tax hike in modern Chicago history

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to call for the largest property tax increase in modern Chicago history to raise enough money to make a major pension payment for police and firefighters next year, the mayor's City Council floor leader and a City Hall source told the Chicago Tribune late Wednesday.

  • Security ushers Emanuel away as Dyett protesters take to stage at budget hearing

    Security ushers Emanuel away as Dyett protesters take to stage at budget hearing

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel had to be ushered off by his security detail during a public hearing on the city budget Wednesday night after protesters trying to keep a South Side high school open took to the stage.

  • Worst new movies

    Worst new movies

    The recent awfulness we've seen, like 'A Walk in the Woods,' 'No Escape,' 'Zipper,' 'Mistress America,' zero-star 'Fantastic Four,' 'Vacation,' 'Pixels,' 'The Gallows,' 'Terminator Genisys,' 'Entourage,' 'Aloft,' 'Aloha,' 'Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Hot Pursuit,' 'The D Train,' 'The Squeeze,' 'The Longest...

  • Best new movies

    Best new movies

    Reviews of recent favorites like 'Queen of Earth,' 'We Are Your Friends,' 'Digging for Fire,' 'Straight Outta Compton,' 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,' 'The End of the Tour,' 'The Gift, 'Ricki and the Flash,' 'Mission: Impossible--Rogue Nation,' 'Ant-Man,' 'Amy,' 'Magic Mike XXL,' 'The Overnight,' 'Me...

Comments
Loading
87°