Mother of Chicago student who was shot witnessed shooting while picking up child from school | Crime-and-courts | #schoolshooting

CHICAGO – She’s a fan of TikTok. She loves to dance. She is shy and petite and her 15th birthday is coming up next Tuesday, according to relatives.

“She” is the 14-year-old girl who was shot outside Phillips Academy High School. The girl’s grandmother, Johneece Cobb, said the family is not comfortable releasing the teen’s name because she is a juvenile.

Wednesday morning as the high school freshman was in an intensive care unit, recovering from two gunshot wounds, her family and about 25 others gathered in front of St. Sabina Church on the South Side to hear an update on the teen’s recovery.

“She made it through surgery last night,” Cobb said. “She’s stabilized, she’s going to make a full recovery and there was no severe damage to her organs.”

Chicago police manage a crime scene outside Wendell Phillips Academy High School after two people were shot on Oct. 12, 2021.

The news conference was held as the police report surfaced, revealing the girl’s mother, who had been planning to pick up her daughter, had arrived outside the school prior to the last bell and in time to see the shooting unfold.

The girl’s mother told police that she saw a man get out of a small silver sedan, walk up to the doors of the high school, located at 244 E. Pershing Road in the Bronzeville neighborhood, and fire shots at her daughter and a man in his 40s around 3:30 p.m., the report said.

ShotSpotter — the city’s gunshot detection system — picked up eight gunshots in the area, and police responded to calls of a shooting at the school, the report said. Eight .45 caliber shell casings and one expended bullet were found at the scene.

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