Wounded teen runs to Southwest Side high school

January 26, 2010 2:39:07 PM PST
Investigators are reviewing surveillance tape from a police camera at a street corner where a 15-year-old CPS student was shot Tuesday afternoon.Police said the victim left school around 1:15 p.m. and the shooting occurred about a block away at 63rd and Springfield Avenue. He was hit in the back, but the wounded teenager ran back to Hubbard High School for help. He fell down in the parking lot.

The freshman, who has not been identified, was treated at the scene and then transported in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He has since been upgraded to stable.

Chicago Public Schools students at Hubbard, located at 6200 South Hamlin Avenue, were sent home early. Police have not said if they are looking for one or multiple assailants. They expect a pod camera, which is viewable both inside the police department and school, will help in the investigation. Hubbard was one of the first Chicago public schools to use the shared technology.

"The school officials and the school officers can view the pod cameras from the school. So they can log on to the system and review all of those from the school locations so they have the opportunity to view it which is very helpful when we have people who know the students and can look at the thing and come up with an ID, I hope," said Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis

Police do not know if the gunman is also a student, but said they have decent leads in the case.