Man Charged in Shooting of Basketball Coach

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    Deandre Thompson, of the 800 block of North Springfield Avenue, was charged with two felony counts of attempted first-degree murder and one felony county of aggravated battery with a firearm.

    A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with the shooting of the assistant basketball coach at a high school on Chicago's West Side.

    Deandre Thompson, of the 800 block of North Springfield Avenue, was charged with two felony counts of attempted first-degree murder and one felony county of aggravated battery with a firearm.

    Shawn Harrington, 38, was in his vehicle with his daughter at about 7:45 a.m. near West Augusta Boulevard and North Hamlin Avenue when he was shot up to six times in the back and left side of his body.

    Police said the shooter fired shots at Harrington, a coach at John Marshall Metropolitan High School, from a corner at the intersection.

    Harrington was taken to a local hospital where he was initially listed in stable condition, but his condition was later downgraded to critical. Friends and family say he's not able to feel his legs.

    Marshall varsity coach Henry Cotton said he was texting with Harrington 5 minutes before the shooting.

    "He was just letting me know that he was on his way," Cotton said. "It was like every other morning, we were just talking like we always do."

    Cotton said all coaches must be at the school by 7:45 a.m. and Harrington had never been late.

    Harrington attended Marshall-Metro and played for the basketball team that was later portrayed in the 1994 Academy Award nominated documentary "Hoop Dreams."

    Harrington's family believes his shooting was a case of mistaken identity.