Wendell Phillips Academy

Teen Girl, Security Guard Shot Outside of Bronzeville High School, Chicago Fire Officials Say

The guard is in serious condition, authorities say

A student and a security guard were seriously wounded in a shooting Tuesday afternoon outside a high school in the Bronzeville neighborhood.

The 14-year-old girl and the 46-year-old guard were shot around 3:20 p.m. outside Wendell Phillips Academy High School, 244 E. Pershing Road, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

The child was shot three times in the abdomen and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, according to Chicago police spokesman Michelle Tannehill. She was listed in good condition.

The guard, shot in the arm, was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, she said. Langford said he was listed in serious condition.

In September, two 15-year-old students from Simeon Career Academy were shot and killed on the same day in separate attacks.

“It’s ridiculous, you know the kids have to go to school, it’s just very unsafe now because we don’t know if the kids are gonna be safe going to school or picking up after school,” said an employee of Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles restaurant, around the corner from Phillips.

The employee, who did not want to be named, said they heard about four or five shots, then saw police cars flood the area.

“I just wish our city would be safer, I just wish it was more safety,” she said. “Our kids have to grow up here, our kids have to go to school here, we have a restaurant to run here. I just pray for our safety.”

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