Two teenagers killed, two injured in Chicago high school discharge shooting

Two teenagers were killed and two others injured in a Chicago high school shooting.

Four shooting victims were taken to Stroger Hospital after the incident outside Chicago’s Benito Juarez Community Academy on Friday afternoon.

This was announced by a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department news week that two young male victims were shot in the head and later died from their injuries, with a 14-year-old being pronounced dead on arrival at hospital and a 15-year-old dying soon after.

Another male 15-year-old victim suffered injuries after being shot in the thigh and shoulder, while a 15-year-old female victim suffered “a abrasion on the thigh”. Both survivors were initially listed in good condition.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing and no suspects have been arrested. Police did not confirm whether the victims were students at the school.

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On the left is a person with a pistol in his pocket in an undated file photo. The hallway of the Benito Juarez Community Academy in Chicago is pictured at right on April 23. A school shooting at a high school in Chicago killed two teenagers and wounded two others.
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Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown said during a news conference that the shooting happened as students were leaving the school as it was “released in staggered phases.”

“At this point, we have not identified any perpetrators,” Brown told reporters. “So we’re obviously conducting a pretty aggressive investigation. All of our resources are being deployed to ensure we bring these people to justice who caused this.”

At almost the same time, another shooting occurred that Brown said was related to “a possible gang conflict,” leaving one person dead and another in critical condition. No suspects have been identified.

Brown stressed that police weren’t yet sure if the school shooting was “connected to any of Benito Juarez’s students.”

“Understand the importance of making sure these victims survive before we start questioning them about whether they were active students, alumni, etc.,” he said.

Brown said detectives were busy reviewing CCTV footage taken at the time of the incident and would later question the victims at the hospital.

Chicago Public Schools CEO and Benito Juarez alumna Pedro Martinez said at the news conference he was “very concerned” because the shooting happened “on our campus.”

“Anything even close to our schools always gives us a lot of concern,” Martinez said. “We are already working with the [Benito Juarez] Staff now, we work with the principal. We will provide support if needed.”

This was announced by a school secretary Chicago Sun Times that the facility was locked down immediately after the shooting, but the all-clear was given by police by 3:30 p.m. local time.

Anti-violence worker Guillermo Niño told the newspaper he rushed to see Benito Juarez after one of his daughters, who attended the school, called him while she was hiding amid the gunfire.

“Will my children be afraid to come to school?” said Nino. “This is supposed to be a safe haven…The fact that they have to run to survive a gunfight isn’t cool.”

news week has reached out to the Benito Juarez Community Academy for comment.

Update 12/16/2022 9:40 PM ET: This article has been updated with additional information. Two teenagers killed, two injured in Chicago high school discharge shooting

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