Teenage girl and woman shot dead near Juarez High School after fight, police say – NBC Chicago
Two people were shot dead, including one seriously, near Benito Juarez High School in Pilsen about an hour before the students were released for the day on Thursday afternoon.
A 16-year-old boy and a 34-year-old woman were in the 2100 block of South Ashland Avenue when someone approached and opened fire around 12:10 p.m., Chicago police said.
The woman was shot in the neck and taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. The teenager was shot in the leg and was in good condition in hospital.
About an hour after the shooting, cars lined up as the students were released from the school. Groups of students have gathered near the bus stops on Cermak.
Witnesses said gunshots erupted after two women were seen fighting outside the school and a car pulled up near Ashland Avenue and Cermak.
“Kill that (expletive),” a man was heard shouting. Another witness heard someone say, âShoot her. “
A woman who was waiting for the bus said she had run south on Ashland when the car pulled up next to the school’s outdoor area.
âI started running,â said the 50-year-old, who didn’t want her name used. “When I heard the first shot, I looked back and saw her fall to the ground.”
Another 40-year-old woman said she was walking near the area when she saw the car stop and heard someone say, âShoot him.
âI just froze,â she said. “I do not remember anything.”
The women, who were interviewed separately, both said someone attempted to perform CPR on the woman until paramedics arrived. The car involved in the shooting took off, witnesses said.
The 50-year-old said she asked if the woman who was shot will be okay. He was told they found a heartbeat. âThey said it didn’t look good,â she said.
A mother and daughter were waiting near the scene of the shooting. The mother had picked up the 14-year-old from school. She was participating in a program for first year and second year students.
âIt’s ugly because there are children who come here alone,â the mother said in Spanish. The mother asked not to be identified.
Patricia Dominguez, 69, from Pilsen, walked her dog Tsipeni not far from the stage. She didn’t see the shooting, but said it broke her heart to hear about it.
âOf course with gentrification it changes but we are always reminded that this is the barrio and sometimes they don’t let us forget it,â Dominguez said.
Dominguez, artist and author of children’s books, said more arts and sports programs for children are needed to help fight violence in Chicago. She said that’s why she sponsors Benito Juarez’s women’s soccer team.
âIt’s what I think is going to really, really help,â Dominguez said.