Safe Passage Worker Shot Near Ellington Elementary In Austin

October 04, 2018 - 10:29 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Chicago Public Schools Safe Passage worker was seriously wounded in a shooting Thursday morning near the CTA's Green Line Cental Station near Ellington Elementary in the Austin neighborhood.

The 29-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the back about 8:20 a.m. in the 5600 block of West Corcoran, according to Chicago police. He was taken in serious condition to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the man was a Safe Passage worker. The shooting happened a few blocks away from Edward K. Ellington Elementary School, 243 N. Parkside Ave.

Police said there were multiple shots fired by someone who stepped out of a vehicle.  The shots were intended for someone else and hit the Safe Passage worker instead.

“We are devastated by this senseless act that harmed a member of our CPS family, but we are grateful that the injuries were non-life threatening,” CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson said in a statement. “We are thankful that no students were in the area when this occurred, and we are sending a crisis team to support the school community.

"While no students were present during the incident, we will work with CPD to gather a full understanding of the incident to ensure that every possible measure is put in place to support student and staff safety." 

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