A teenage boy was shot outside the Rainbow Push Coalition Headquarters Friday. Susan Carlson reports.
A teenage boy was shot Friday outside Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH headquarters and near President Barack Obama’s Chicago home. He was one of 16 people shot across the city in less than 12 hours.
Police say the 17-year-old was walking in the 4900 block of South Drexel Boulevard at about 7:30 p.m. when someone fired shots from a minivan, hitting the teen in the back.
The teen, who police say is a "documented gang member," was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in stable condition.
A town hall meeting was underway at Rainbow PUSH when the shooting occurred, and Jackson ran outside to find him lying on the ground.
“I had to leave before the meeting was over to come across the street,” he said. “A young man had just been shot and was still lying down.”
The shooting comes amid the coalition’s 43rd Annual International Convention dubbed “a quest for equality and peace.”
President Barack Obama’s home is just two blocks away from where the shooting occurred.
A little more than an hour earlier, two people were shot in the 8000 block of South Paulina Street. A 42-year-old man was shot in the arm and leg and was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition and a 40-year-old woman was shot in the ankle and taken to Holy Cross Hospital in stable condition.
Around 8:40 p.m. an 18-year-old man was shot in the ankle while walking in the 6500 block of South Stony Island Avenue. The teen, who police said was being uncooperative, told officers he heard shots and felt pain. He transported himself to Jackson Park Hospital in good condition.
About an hour later, a 22-year-old man was shot in the leg and foot. Police did not immediately have details surrounding the shooting but said the man, a documented gang member, was shot in the 2400 block of East 99th Street and was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital in good condition.
Around 11 p.m. Friday, three people were shot in the 0-100 block of East 102nd Place, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.
A 23-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the neck but refused medical treatment, police said. A 23-year-old man was shot in the foot and a 19-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the foot. Both were taken to Roseland Community Hospital for treatment.
Police said an offender approached the group and fired roughly five shots at them before fleeing on foot.
At the same time, two people were shot near 60th Street and Prairie Avenue.
Police said a 17-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man were standing outside when they heard shots and felt pain.
The teen was shot in the back and taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital and the 21-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the shoulder and was treated and released at Stroger Hospital.
At least six others were shot overnight and into Saturday morning.