Teen Seriously Injured in Shooting at Chicago Bus Stop

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    A 17-year-old girl is fighting for her life. Police say a robber tried to steal her phone Monday morning and shot her in the stomach when she wouldn't give it up. (Published Monday, Jan 13, 2014)

    A 17-year-old girl was seriously injured when she was shot in the stomach while waiting for a bus Monday morning, officials said.

    Destiny Colon was standing at a bus stop just before 8 a.m. in the 10200 block of South Commercial Avenue when she was shot by a man attempting to rob her, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.

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    "She was waiting for her bus and they approached her to try to take her phone," said colon's aunt Rosita Paloma. "She didn't give up her phone so they shot her."

    Colon was on her way to Epic Academy on South Houston where she is a senior, family member said.

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    Colon was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition, Zala said.

    Neighbors were shocked by the shooting, which took place just steps away from Colon's home.

    "It surprises me because this area is very peaceful," said neighbor Maria Perez.

    Area resident Jeff Sandoval is worried about what the shooting may mean.

    "Our concern is a little heightened right now," he said. "There is somebody out there doing something, or somebody picking on our neighborhood."

    Family members were outraged by the shooting, and said Colon was a good student, working for a future as an entrepreneur.

    "We are just so angry," Paloma said. "We are just so, we don't understand this. It's not just Destiny, it is so many children in the city. That's why my heart goes out, not just to Destiny, but to all the other children who are just going to school."

    No one was in custody for the shooting as of late Monday afternoon, but Area South Detectives are investigating, officials said.