Phillips High School shooting – Teen, security guard injured

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Wendell Philips high school shooting

Authorities said a student and a security guard were injured on Tuesday afternoon in a shooting outside Wendell Phillips Academy High School in the Bronzeville neighborhood.

The shooting happened at about past 3 p.m., at school closing hour, outside of the school, located at 244 E. Pershing Rd.

Detectives said the shooter was standing outside at dismissal.

Just as the guard opened the school door, shots were fired, hitting him. Bullets injured a female student standing by.

The student was listed in a critical condition.

The security guard in fair condition.

Chicago Fire Department officials said the security guard, who seems to be in his 40s, was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, but his condition was not immediately available.

A 14-year-old girl was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

Reports said the teen was conscious but heading into surgery.

The student is a freshman and they did not know the circumstances that led to the shooting.

An aunt was near the school, picking up her children, when she heard the shots. At the time, she was also looking to pick up the teenager, but drove around the corner to avoid the shooting.

Parents frantically rushed to the school as they got word of the shooting.

“As a mom I’m just thankful my baby is safe,” said Michelline Joseph. “I was like are you OK and he was like yeah mom I’m safe but we just had a shooting. He said he was in the hallway when it happened.”

No suspect is in custody.

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