Two people shot blocks away from Thornridge High School

2014-02-11T22:15:00Z 2014-02-12T12:05:34Z Two people shot blocks away from Thornridge High SchoolElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
February 11, 2014 10:15 pm  • 

DOLTON | Two people were wounded, one critically, in a shooting Tuesday night about a block away from Thornridge High School, police said.

Dolton Police Chief John Franklin said a group of five to six men was walking on 152nd Street toward Champlain Street when a black SUV pulled up along side the group. He said a man got out of the SUV, and without saying a word, fired five to seven shots at the crowd. 

Two people in the crowd were wounded by the gunfire, Franklin said. The shooting victims ran to Thornridge High School to seek help.

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the left torso and in the abdomen, Franklin said. The boy was listed Tuesday night in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

A 20-year-old man was shot in the right thigh and was taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond, Franklin said. He was expected to be released from the hospital late Tuesday or Wednesday. 

Glenn Harston, a spokesman for Thornton District 205, said the people injured in the shooting were not students at Thornridge High School.

According to the school's website, the boys basketball team was scheduled to play against Thornwood High School on Tuesday afternoon. Harston said the basketball game was not interrupted. 

Franklin said there were seven officers working security at the basketball game. 

"They said they ran to the school because they knew they would be safe," Franklin said. 

Police do not have a description yet of the shooter and no one was in custody as of Tuesday night. 

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