Destiny Colon, 17, shot near South Deering bus stop on way to school

A teen girl was shot in the abdomen near a CTA bus stop on Chicago's Southeast Side while on her way to school.
January 13, 2014 7:24:28 PM PST
A teen girl was shot in the abdomen near a CTA bus stop on Chicago's Southeast Side while on her way to school.

The shooting happened Monday morning around 8 a.m. at the corner of 102nd and Commercial in the South Deering neighborhood. It may have started as the suspect tried to steal her cell phone. The bus stop is less than 50 feet from her front door.

The teen girl was recovering Monday night after undergoing surgery.

Rose Palomo took her 10-year-old niece to the hospital so she can be with her older sister, Destiny Colon. Destiny was shot just steps away from her home Monday morning while she was waiting for a CTA bus to take her school.

"Someone approached her to try to take her cell phone away and she did not give it up and they shot her," said Palomo.

Destiny was shot in the stomach. Shortly after, the bus arrived carrying some of her friends. They saw Destiny and called 911. Destiny was rushed to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. Her aunt says she was alert.

"She was talking, I had a chance to talk to her before she went in to OR, so we're just hoping for the best for her," said Palomo.

While Destiny's family does not know who shot her, some residents say this Far South Side neighborhood has plenty of gang activity. But others say a shooting in broad daylight is unusual.

"It's usually pretty quiet around here, the neighbors are always looking out. Maybe this weather is bringing someone out in neighborhood," said John Sandoval, neighbor.

Destiny is a senior at Epic Academy, a charter school about 10 blocks north of her home. Students were told about the shooting on Monday, and social workers were on site to help. Destiny's aunt says her niece is a smart girl who is college-bound next fall.

"I thank God that, you know, we believe Destiny is going to pull through this, but there are so many parents who have lost their children, and this needs to stop already in our city," said Palomo.

Destiny's aunt says she has already applied to over 30 different colleges and has been accepted to a few, with scholarships. Destiny is also involved with her church, where she is a worship singer, and is involved in business-related clubs at her school.

Police do not have anyone in custody.