Girl, 17, critically injured in shooting, crash near Chicago State University

ByEvelyn Holmes and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Girl, 17, critically injured in shooting, crash near Chicago State
Chicago police said a 17-year-old girl was critically injured in a shooting and crash near Chicago State University Monday night.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 17-year-old girl was critically injured after being shot and crashing Monday night near Chicago State University., police said.

The girl was driving in the 600-block of East 95th Street at about 8:21 p.m. when police said a dark vehicle approached and someone inside fired shots in her direction.

The girl was wounded to the head and transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition. After undergoing emergency surgery, sources told ABC7 she remains in critical condition.

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Chatham resident Molly McKenzie was home and heard some of the gunfire.

"Me and my daughter was in the kitchen and I heard a shot and I politely reached over and cut the light off," McKenzie said. "She said, 'What are you doing that for? I said, 'You didn't hear that?"

Eventually, McKenzie and other concerned neighbors looked outside and saw the unthinkable.

"We walked to the front door and opened it and we saw a car down there and a few minutes later is when we saw the police and the fire department," she said.

Chicago State University employee Valerie Watson said she now concerned about her safety after getting a text message warning of the danger.

"That it was something that happened, it was a shooting and not to worry about it," Watson said, "that it wasn't a student and it wasn't a faculty member."

While police will not confirm it, some neighbors said they heard the teenager was there to pick someone up.

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No one is in custody. Area Two detectives are investigating.