5 People Shot Outside Chicago High School

Five people were shot as spectators left a crowded high school basketball game Friday in what police called a possibly gang-related drive-by attack that sent panicked students running into a snowy street on the city's South Side.

Five males — three in serious condition and two in critical — were taken from Paul Laurence Dunbar Vocational Career Academy around 8 p.m., said Chicago Fire Department spokeswoman Eve Rodriguez. Hospital spokespeople said later that at least three were expected to be treated and released.

"It was crazy. It was like killers on the loose," said Joshua Glaze, 15, a freshman at the school.

The game was in overtime and some students began to leave the building, Glaze said.

A vehicle then drove up and a person or people inside started shooting into the crowd, said Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis.

No suspect has been identified or arrested, but the shooting was "isolated" and possibly gang-related, Weis said. Two hundred officers were in the area looking for suspects, he said.

Dunbar freshman Shaneisha Turman, 15, said she saw a silver truck pull up to a bus stop outside the school. People inside the truck pretended to fire a gun and then "they really started shooting," she told the Chicago Tribune.

People were shouting, "'They're shooting!'" Turman said. "It was a lot of people shouting and running."

Police blocked access to streets at least two blocks from the high school to make way for ambulances and police cars.

Andres Durbak, director of the city schools' Office of Safety and Security, said video taken in and around the school has been handed over to police.

"This is a tragedy," Durbak said.

Police spokeswoman Monique Bond declined to characterize the victims beyond gender and would not say whether they had attended the basketball game. She added that they were "not necessarily students."

The high school has about 1,600 students and is the alma mater of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson.

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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 10, 2009 at 05:08 PM
    Anonymous; I am assuming that Mike's point would be this: All the anti-gun nuts that think if guns are outlawed, there will be no crime.....well, guns are illegal in Chicago, and what good has it done? There are examples of this every place where guns are illegal. The crime rates are all higher in these locations as well. As far as Obama goes, we don't really know where he stands on the issue because it just depends on who asks him as to how he feels about it. Also, Obama will never need to carry a gun, because he will be protected by the Secret Service every place he goes for the rest of his life. Once a man becomes President, if he is anti-gun, it really shouldn't matter because he will never need one. He will have guns in suits all around him forever.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jan 10, 2009 at 03:58 PM
    Anonymous, I didn't vote for the Chicago hustler and wouldn't vote for a Greenville or Rocky Mount hustler either. Maybe they needed a community organizer. Too bad the one from their neighborhood was busy pretending to be qualified to be president.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2009 at 04:56 AM
    Mike, why do you have to add "and the home of the pres-elect."????????? Not fair. Look and Greenville and Rocky Mt. right here in eastern NC.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 10, 2009 at 04:34 AM
    I thought that Obama had made his people in Obamaland so happy and content, that they werent trying to kill each other like this anymore. And Richard Daley, this is most likely partly your fault also. You took away the law abiding citizens right to protect themselves, yet the punk criminals have guns. Also, dont you, Richard Daley go around town with armed bodyguards to protect you?Is your life more important than any one of your law abiding citizens? I say heck no.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jan 10, 2009 at 02:55 AM
    ....and this in a city where guns are illegal to use even in self-defense, and the home of the pres-elect.

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