Children Shot at Chicago School as Suspect Opens Fire on Teens

It happened during an elementary school picnic
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 16, 2017 6:25 PM CDT
A thick haze of smog looms over the skyline of Chicago, Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(Newser) – Investigators say two children were shot at a Chicago playground during a school picnic when someone in a car opened fire on nearby teenagers, the AP reports. Chicago police say a 7-year-old girl was shot in the leg and a 13-year-old girl was shot in the hand outside Warren Elementary School on Friday. Police spokesperson Frank Giancamilli says the injuries aren't considered life threatening. Chicago's police superintendent Eddie Johnson says the shooting happened around 1:30pm, shortly after school officials ordered some former students to leave the picnic on the city's South Side.

Johnson says the former students were on a street corner when someone fired at them, and when they ran toward the playground, the girls were shot. Johnson says police have recovered a vehicle and are questioning "persons of interest." (Read more Chicago stories.)

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