2 teens killed, 2 injured in shooting near Chicago high school; no arrests made

4 teens shot outside Benito Juarez High School, 1 dead


Two teenagers were killed and two others were wounded in a Friday afternoon shooting near a high school in Chicago’s Lower West Side, police said.

At a press conference, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said a suspect has not yet been identified in the shooting outside Benito Juarez High School in the Pilsen neighborhood. However, Brown said that investigators believe the shooting was a “potential gang struggle”. He said an “aggressive” investigation is underway.

Brown said the condition of two of the injured was serious. While he declined to provide further details about the victims at the press conference, the department later revealed that all four victims were 15 and under.

The two boys killed are 14 and 15 years old. Both suffered head injuries and were pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital in Cook County. Another 15-year-old boy was injured in the thigh and shoulder and a 15-year-old girl was injured in the thigh.

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At the scene where several teenagers were shot outside Benito Juarez High School in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. December 16, 2022.

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a volunteer crossing guard told CBS Chicago The students were dismissed after six to eight gunshots were heard at around 2:30 p.m. local time. The crossing guard said the school principal shouted at the students to get back inside.

The high school was closed for about an hour, with students being sent home around 3:30 p.m.

Brown said, “Any crime anywhere in the city is obviously a concern for us, but especially, when they occur near or around schools. Many of our officers are parents, uncles, aunts ” “We are always extremely concerned as a police officer about the impact violence can have on school-aged students.”

Brown said the investigation will include talking to survivors of the shooting, as well as examining surveillance footage that may have captured the shooting. Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez told a news conference that the school is cooperating fully with the investigation and providing support to students.

“We’re trying to find all the answers,” Martinez said. “I am very concerned that this happened on our base.”

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