CHICAGO, IL- Two teenagers, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, are currently receiving treatment in a hospital after a shooting incident that occurred in the aftermath of a high school football game in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood on Friday night. The shooting took place near the intersection of 64th and Blackstone, just outside Mount Carmel High School, shortly after 10 p.m.
According to reports, both victims were rushed to Comer Children’s Hospital. The boy is in critical condition after a gunshot wound to the abdomen, while the girl, who was shot in the foot, is reported to be in good health. The identities of the victims have not been released.
An anonymous witness who was present at the scene recounted the terrifying moment when the shots were fired. She was exiting the football game between Mount Carmel and Morgan Park when the sound of gunfire caused panic among the crowd. She described a scene of chaos as everyone present started running back across the football field to escape the gunfire.
The shooting occurred approximately 35 minutes after the game had ended, as crowds were dispersing. A video captured in the immediate aftermath of the incident shows one of the victims being attended to by a few security guards and students.
Eyewitnesses have suggested that the shooting was not related to the football game. However, the origin of the gunfire remains unknown. Michael Smith, a security guard who was on duty during the game, estimated that there were between 1,200 and 1,500 students present at the game. He described the panic and trauma experienced by the families who had come to watch the game.
The investigation into the incident led to the rerouting of westbound CTA buses along 63rd Street for three hours. As of now, no suspects have been apprehended. Investigators are currently examining surveillance footage from the school property and surrounding areas in an attempt to identify any potential leads. The police are urging anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.