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Marshall HS coach recovers from shooting

Doctors expect a Chicago basketball coach to recover after he was shot twice Thursday morning on the West Side.
January 31, 2014 6:23:35 AM PST
The Chicago basketball coach who was shot in front of his 14-year- old daughter Thursday morning lost his mother in a shooting 11 years ago.

Shawn Harrington was targeted while sitting in his car at Augusta and Hamlin in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. He was in critical condition Friday morning.

One of Harrington's relatives told Eyewitness News he is expected to pull through. In the meantime, police are searching for at least two gunmen. A motive for the shooting is unclear.

In Harrington's West Side neighborhood, friends and family are in disbelief.

"It's just real sad that someone has the gun to do such to somebody that's innocent," said Dewana Robinson, victim's cousin.

"I'm still shocked. The news, it's still shocking. I'm still, I don't even know what to say no more," said Carlos Echevarria, victim's friend.

Police say it happened around 7:45 a.m. as Harrington was stopped in his car. His 14-year-old daughter with him, here at the corner of Augusta and Hamlin.

A nearby convenience store was closed at the time, but employee George Murray says surveillance video-- now in the hands of police-- appears to show two young men on foot, possibly teenagers, firing at Harrington from the passenger side.

"Car pulled up. They were pointing at the car. The back guy got to shooting, and the front guy got to shooting. That was it," said Murray.

The 38-year-old Harrington was shot in the back and side, police say, and taken to Stroger Hospital. His daughter was unhurt, relatives said.

"We can't understand why it had to happen to him. It's always the innocent ones when something happens to, someone like that," said Robinson.

The shooting occurred as Harrington was headed to work at Marshall Metro High School, where he's an assistant boys basketball coach...

Harrington played for Marshall when he was in high school, on the basketball squad featured in the award-winning 1994 documentary "Hoop Dreams."

"He wanted to succeed more in life, and he did, and he's gotten to where he's at because he wanted to do better for himself," said Echevarria.

Neighbors say this isn't the first time the Harrington family has been rocked by gun violence. Eleven years ago, Shawn Harrington's mother was shot and killed during a home invasion at a neighbor's house. Loved ones were by his bedside Thursday night as he recovers.


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