5 killed in overnight Chicago shootings, including 15-year-old girl in car, man on CTA bus

Fr. Pfleger confirms victim was student at St. Sabina

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Teen, CTA rider among those shot, killed overnight in Chicago
Ten were shot, five fatally, overnight in Chicago, as warm temperatures persisted.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The warm temperatures made for a very violent night across the city Tuesday into Wednesday.

Since 6 p.m. Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, 10 people were shot, five fatally, Chicago police said.

In the Roseland neighborhood, a 15-year-old girl and a 24-year-old man, were found shot at about 12:32 a.m. in the 200-block of West 109th Place in West Roseland.

Fr. Michael Pfleger confirmed Terri Player was a student at Saint Sabina and was in the car with her brother, Terry Player.

They were sitting in a black SUV, and when police arrived, they found them shot multiple times, police said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The teen had graduated from St. Sabina in 2022.

The principal said Player was always a leader, and had such a bright future ahead of her.

"She was a natural-born leader. She was loved by her classmates; she had a bright future ahead of her," Principal Tiffany Brown said. "We share the grief this family is feeling right now, and this has just shocked our community."

Brown said Player's mother moved her to Texas after graduating from the academy, in hopes of avoiding this exact violence.

It's not clear what brought her back to the city.

Pfleger reflected on Player's loss Wednesday, and said it's getting too difficult to raise children in Chicago.

"If I had a son that's 14, 15, 16, 17 right now, I'd move, I'd move. Our children are vulnerable," he said.

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Pfleger said this violence will only get worse unless city leaders implement real change ahead of summer.

"We should be talking in every one of the South and West Side police districts, communities, talking with parents and young people: What can we do better? Listening, learning from them, what can we do better?" he said.

Saint Sabina academy has already sent in crisis counselors for students or faculty who may have known Terri player.

A shooting on a CTA bus left a man wielding a knife dead in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said.

A witness told police a 53-year-old man was waving a knife at another person when that person took out a gun and shot the man.

The gunman then fled the scene on foot and the 53-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. No other passengers were hurt.

Just after midnight in South Austin, two 22-year-old women were shot in the 5000-block of West Gladys Avenue.

Police said a white car approached the two women standing on the sidewalk, and someone opened fire. One woman was hit in the neck and right shoulder, the other was hit in the back. Both were taken to hospitals, and are in critical condition.

Police said no one is in custody in any of the shooting incidents, and they are continuing to investigate.

In the West Pullman neighborhood, a 25-year-old man was shot and killed, police said.

The victim was in the 600-block of West 117th Street at about 12:19 a.m. when he told police he was shot by an unknown suspect who fled on foot.

Chicago police said he had been walking on the sidewalk, when someone walked up and started shooting.

He ran into a nearby backyard, where he was found with gunshot wounds.

The victim was transported to Advocate Christ Hospital and later pronounced dead. No one is in custody.

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