A student and a security guard were seriously wounded in a shooting Tuesday afternoon outside a high school in the Bronzeville neighborhood.
The 14-year-old girl and the 45-year-old man were shot around 3:20 p.m. outside Wendell Phillips Academy High School in the 3800 block of South Giles, according to a statement from Chicago police.
The girl was shot three times in the abdomen and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, according to police spokeswoman Michelle Tannehill. The man, shot in his arm, was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center. Both were listed in serious condition.
The child was a student at Phillips and the man a security guard there, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.
Police reported no arrests.
Reggie Thompson’s children don’t go to Phillips anymore but they walk by the school on their way home. His heart started racing when they wouldn’t answer their phones.
Panicked, he rushed to the school from work, praying they were okay. He pulled up in an alley and ran out of his truck, frantically asking, “What happened, Where are my kids?”
Moments later, he spotted his 14-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter walking down an alley carrying grocery bags, returning from a trip to Mariano’s.
He was relieved, but scolded them for not answering their phones. “Please answer your phones, that’s why you got them,” he said he told them. “My heart was gone, I was numb for a minute. Prayer do work.”
Thompson said he transferred his children out of Phillips to Dunbar about a month ago to avoid dangerous situations. ”This is one of the reasons why. They just said themselves I’m glad you transferred us,” he said.
“The times have changed,” he continued. “The streets have no discipline anymore and that’s what’s happening. People have no consequences. If they do something, they feel like no one can tell them what to do, so it’s easy for them to do anything.
“It’s scary these days, it’s not like it used to be,” Thompson said. “My heart is nevertheless beating fast right now.”
In September, two 15-year-old students from Simeon Career Academy were shot and killed on the same day in separate attacks, one of them not far from the South Side campus.
“It’s ridiculous, you know the kids have to go to school, it’s just very unsafe now because we don’t know if the kids are gonna be safe going to school or picking up after school,” said an employee of Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles restaurant, around the corner from Phillips.
The employee, who did not want to be named, said they heard about four or five shots, then saw police cars flood the area.
“I just wish our city would be safer, I just wish it was more safety,” she said. “Our kids have to grow up here, our kids have to go to school here, we have a restaurant to run here. I just pray for our safety.”
at the minimum 161 children 15 years old and younger have been shot in Chicago so far this year, a 24% increase over the number of children shot over the same period last year, according to Sun-Times data.
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