Four teens were shot and one was killed in a shooting that took place near Benito Juarez High School in Chicago‘s Pilsen neighborhood, Illinois, on Friday.
Chicago fire officials said that the shooting took place around 2:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of South Laflin Street, just as classes were being let out and students were coming outside of the school premises. The school went on immediate lockdown, and students were rushed back inside for hours as the police investigated.
Multiple gunshots were heard by witnesses present at the scene. One of the victims ran inside the school after being shot.
Four people were discovered with gunshot wounds. According to local reports, a 16-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene. Another male, 16, was taken to Stroger hospital in critical condition.
A third 16-year-old male and a same-aged female were also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Their condition has now stabilized, fire department spokesman Larry Merritt.
Chicago police spokesperson Tom Ahern has confirmed the shooting happened outside the school. He also added via a tweet that an “all-clear” has been issued to students from CPS, who remain inside the school.
While the police investigate the shooting, the courtyard at Cermak Road and Laflin Street has been roped off, which is the area between the two school buildings.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker released a statement, saying he was sending his condolences to the victims’ families. “Schools are the cornerstone of neighborhoods and students deserve to feel safe,” Pritzker wrote. “We must put an end to these unspeakable tragedies and rid our communities of gun violence.”