Teen Recovering After Shooting, Motive Still Mysterious

By Alex Perez
|  Tuesday, Apr 6, 2010  |  Updated 6:30 PM CDT
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14 Year Old Shot Walking to School

Munzar Zidan, a cashier at a west side convenience store, describes what he saw and heard before and after Danny Gilmore visited his store.
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A teenager shot three times on his way to school this morning is recovering at Loyola Medical Center, but authorities are still in the dark about the motive behind the attack.

Danny Gilmore, a 14-year-old freshman at Douglass Academy, was about 7 blocks away from his high school when someone got out of a nearby car and opened fire.
 
Gilmore had just left a convenience store near Chicago Avenue and Central, where he has been picking up snacks before school for the last few months.
 
"He was here about 8 o'clock this morning, he bought chips and juice, " said clerk Mike Zidan. "Then I heard gunshots outside and saw him on the ground."
 
Families members say he was shot twice in the shoulder and once in the stomach.
 
Authorities won't yet say what they believe the motive is.
 
Police also won't confirm reports they are already questioning a person of interest in the case.
 
Gilmore's cousin Laporcha Lofton says she's grateful he's alive, but still very frustrated.

"A lot of shootings been going on, a lot of people been getting killed around here. It's just sad. It needs to stop."

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