Chicago Violence

Teen Killed in Shooting Near Chicago's Kenwood Academy, Police Say

The shooting happened sometime after noon in the 1600 block of East 50th Place, according to police

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A teenager was killed in a shooting near Chicago's Kenwood Academy near the Hyde Park neighborhood Friday afternoon, police said.

The shooting happened around noon in the 1600 block of East 50th Place, according to police.

Chicago Police Commander Ron Pontecore said a Chicago Public Schools student was "attacked by armed offenders."

According to police, the 17-year-old was involved in an altercation with people in a vehicle. The people in the vehicle chased the teen into a parking lot, where two people opened fire on him, striking him multiple times, Pontecore said.

Police have released a video of a man trying to kidnap a 5-year-old girl Thursday morning in Belmont Cragin on the Northwest Side.

The teen was taken to University of Chicago Hospital, where he died of his injuries, according to authorities.

Police are asking for the public's help in finding suspects connected to the shooting and have started canvassing the area for video, Pontecore said.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Area 1 detectives at (312) 747-8380 or submit a tip online at Anonymous calls can also be made at (833) 408-0069.

The teen's identity wasn't immediately released Friday. Authorities said while he was believed to be a CPS student, it was not immediately clear if he attended Kenwood Academy. CPS could not immediately confirm the student's enrollment.

“All of us at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are saddened to learn of the loss of another young life and we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and community members impacted by this tragedy," the district said in a statement.

In a letter to families following the incident, Principal Karen Calloway said "a member of our school community" was shot near the school.

"During the police response, we kept students indoors as a safety precaution. We are in close contact with CPD and the CPS Office of Safety and Security, and this incident is under investigation," the letter read. "Our thoughts are with the family of our school community member. To protect their privacy, I am unable to go into further detail."

The school was placed on a soft lockdown following the shots fired and off-campus lunch was canceled.

"Please know that we are taking this situation extremely seriously, and we have requested additional safety support for our school," Calloway wrote. "If your child expresses any worries or concerns about this situation, please reach out to us and we will be able to provide them with extra support."

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