Four people were injured and one died in a shooting outside Benito Juarez High School in Chicago, Illinois.
Chicago Police Spokesman Tom Ahern wrote on Twitter, “BREAKING: Four people were shot dead near Benito Juarez High School at 1400 Blk by W. Cermak @ChicagoCAPS12. All victims were transported to a regional hospital. conditions unknown. PIO on site. Media staging of Cermak and Laflin.”
He added: “CPS has announced ‘all clear’ for students at the school. The shooting happened outside of the school.”
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, all of those shots were teenagers, and the deceased victim was a man. The names of the victims were not released. No suspicious information was released as the shooting had only taken place in the afternoon of December 16, 2022.
The full name of the school is Benito Jurez Community Academy; The school is located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. According to the Chicago JournalThe shooting happened when classes were cancelled.
Here’s what you need to know:
The shooting happened outside the school in the afternoon
The Sun-Times reported that the shooting broke out around 2:30 p.m. on the 2100 block of South Laflin Street.
The motive is not clear.
One of the other three teenagers is seriously injured and was in “traumatic confinement,” the newspaper reported.
According to journalist Vi Nguyen, write on twitterthe school was closed, but now everything is clear.
It says on the school’s website“The mission of the Benito Juárez Community Academy, a premier community school, is to build a vibrant family of lifelong learners who aspire to think critically, progressively, and globally while striving for personal and collective growth.”
Video of the scene surfaced after the shooting
Local news agencies recorded live video from the scene.
According to Windy City Weather and News, one victim was shot in the shoulder and one in the leg. All were 16 years old. One was female and three were male.
Two of the victims were students at Juarez High School and two students at a charter school, according to Windy City Weather and News.
It does not appear that the mass shooting took place at the school. Rather, as the Chicago Police Department spokesman noted, it happened near the school.
Police had not released any further details as the shooting had just taken place. It is unclear whether anyone is in custody.
Crime in Chicago is a growing problem, but some serious crime categories are actually showing a decrease in numbers compared to last year. Find detailed crime statistics for the city of Chicago here on the Chicago Police Department website. Homicide, sexual assault and aggravated assault are among the crime categories that are down this year compared to last year. Some theft categories and robberies are showing increases in 2022 so far compared to 2021. The number of thefts has exploded. Other major cities in the United States have also seen increases in crime in recent years.
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