Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

High School Students Shot In Chicago, In Critical Condition

High School Students Shot In Chicago, In Critical Condition

Three people were shot Monday outside of a high school on Chicago's South Side, police said.

Principal of Chatham High School Academy, Tony Qadir Lyons said students and school staff acted quickly to calm the students down and get them to the hospital as quickly as possible. Chatham Academy High School, a Chicago Public School, is located in the same block.

The 16-year-old old was shot in the shoulder, the 17-year-old was struck in the leg and the 18-year-old was wounded in the right arm and left armpit. Both were transported to local hospitals in critical condition. Students are taught to return to the school in the event of an emergency and to view it as kind of a "safe haven".

Police have yet to determine whether this was a targeted attack or whether it was linked to a number of other shootings in the city on Monday.

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Lyons said students were let out of schol around 3:55 p.m. It is alleged that the gunman exited his vehicle and shot them multiple times. A large group of kids were walking near the school when someone came running out of a gangway and opened fire into the crowd.

The 21-year-old was sitting at 1:32 p.m.in the 800 block of East 89th Street when someone walked out from the north alley and shot at him, according to Chicago police. All three are in critical condition.

Detectives were investigating whether the shootings may be connected, Chicago police spokesman Tom Ahern said.

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