Winnetka school shooting: Gun violence still a problem 30 years after Laurie Dann attack

An ABC7 I-Team Investigation

ByChuck Goudie and Barb Markoff and Ross Weidner WLS logo
Friday, May 18, 2018
Winnetka school shooting: gun violence still a problem 30 years after Laurie Dann attack
Some connected to tragedy say not much has changed since the North Shore school shooting stunned the nation in 1988.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- It was a day-long violent event that shook Chicago and the world on May 20, 1988. Laurie Dann, a deranged, armed woman went into Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka and shot six students. Eight-year-old Nicholas Corwin died. Police say up to 50 others could have been killed from her firebombs and poison treats delivered to friends and strangers that day.

Many lives were forever changed because of Dann's violent attack. Thirty years later, some of those people tell the I-Team they are frustrated nothing has really been done to address gun violence. Phil Andrew was shot in his family's home the day Dann terrorized the North Shore. He has been paying forward his survival ever since.

Survivor Phil Andrew has dedicated his life to anti-violence efforts. The I-Team was there when he recently met with members of B.R.A.V.E at the Ark of St. Sabina.

Since Winnetka, 369 people have been killed in 153 fatal school shootings in the United States. This letter written to President George H.W. Bush almost a year after Laurie Dann opened fire in Amy Deuble's classroom expresses many of the same concerns students still have today.

Amy Deuble reads a 1989 letter from her student asking President Bush for tougher gun laws


Archdiocese of Chicago Peace Initiatives

The Ark of St. Sabina - B.R.A.V.E program