Community in shock after student seriously injured and guard injured in shootout outside Chicago school – NBC Chicago


A community is shaken Tuesday after a student and a security guard were shot and wounded outside Wendell Phillips Academy in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, gunshots rang out as classes freed for the day.

“I just heard like five shots, and I’m like ‘what’s going on? They shoot, they shoot,” says Diana Taylor, a student at the school.

As a 45-year-old school security guard opened the doors at the time of the dismissal, an armed man waited outside.

“He’s standing… within ten feet of the door, and the door opens and he just starts shooting,” CPD chief detective Brendan Deenihan said of the attacker.

A 14-year-old girl was shot and rushed to a local hospital. She was classified in critical condition, authorities said.

It’s unclear what led to the shooting, but some school workers and parents say it likely stems from an incident last week.

“I think it spread from Friday. He just said he was coming back to blow up the school, ”said Diana Cooper, the mother of a student at the school.

The family of the teenager injured in the shooting are holding vigils at her bedside at a local hospital, praying for her recovery.

Anti-violence activist Andrew Holmes said the girl’s mother was waiting for her to come out.

“What kept this baby alive is that she was looking straight at her mother’s face,” he says.

The teenager is the granddaughter of a member of the anti-violence group “Purpose Over Pain”. The grandmother will speak Wednesday morning at the Sainte-Sabine church to call for an end to the violence in the city.

Meanwhile, trauma counselors will be available at Phillips Academy on Wednesday, while students will likely still be on edge.

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