Person questioned in teen's shooting

April 7, 2010 12:25:11 PM PDT
An 18-year-old is being questioned in the shooting of a Chicago student who was hit while walking to school.Danny Gilmore, 14, is the 159th Chicago public school student to be shot this school year. He stopped at a convenience store in the 5600-block of West Chicago Tuesday just after 8 a.m. when someone started shooting.

Gilmore, a freshman at Douglas High School, was shot three times and was rushed to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood. He remains in critical but stable condition.

Gilmore and his friends had stopped at the store to buy chips and juice when someone started shooting. He was hit in the shoulder and back in what witness Munzer Zidan described as a chaotic and terrifying scene.

"I heard about four or five shots, and then I see about four people coming in the front of the store running," Zidan said.

"Just help my baby," said Donna Crockett, Danny's mother.

The boy's uncle, Harry Gilmore, said that the continuing violence is taking a heavy toll on all families in the area.

"It is painful for all the kids and parents that are losing their kids in this community," he said. "No one is stepping up to curb this."

harry Gilmore said he has tried to make sure Danny stayed safe, but it wasn't enough to prevent him from falling victim to the violence.

"I talk to him all the time about that," Harry Gilmore said, "and try to keep him away from the pitfalls of the streets."

Danny's brother, Daviontae, said his brother's shooting has him worried about his own safety.

"I hope that I don't get shot," Daviontae said Tuesday."I feel sad because that's my oldest brother, and I love him."

"In the midst of all this, we're grateful he still has life. But critical condition, yet he's stable. I talked with him," said Pastor Ira Acree of Greater St. John's Bible Church, Danny's pastor. "He was alert and didn't say very much. He's very happy to see that he's loved."

The shooter was described as a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants.

Police do not have anyone in custody.