Man, teen injured in Dolton shooting
BY MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporter February 11, 2014 7:46PM
Dolton Police Chief John Franklin (right) talks to reporters about a shooting Tuesday night about a block from Thornridge High School. A 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were injured in the shooting. At left is Dolton Police Cmdr. Harry Blaundin. | John Booz/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 12, 2014 2:20AM
A man and a teenager were shot Tuesday night in south suburban Dolton, about a block away from Thornridge High School.
A group of five or six people were walking along 152nd Street near Champlain Street just before 6:30 p.m. when someone got out of a black minivan or SUV and shot at them, Dolton Police Chief John Franklin said.
People in the group scattered and ran to nearby Thornridge High School, where they notified security guards there for a basketball game. The guards called 911, Franklin said.
A 17-year-old boy was shot in the side and abdomen, and a 20-year-old man was shot in the buttocks, police said.
Both were initially taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond, Ind., but the teen was later transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
The teen was listed in critical condition, and the man was in “stable-to-good” condition, police said. Both were able to talk to paramedics while they were put in ambulances.
Thornridge High School, at 15000 Cottage Grove Ave., was hosting a varsity boys basketball game against Thornwood High School.
Thornridge Principal James Walton said the shooting did not have anything to do with the school.
“This was a community incident,” Walton said.
Police said neither of those who were shot were Thornridge students. Authorities could not say where they were walking to or from when the attack happened.
The game was not paused and continued as scheduled. School officials and security at the game were encouraging students to make sure their rides were there for them when the game let out about 7:30 p.m.
Authorities do not have a description of the shooters, and they ask anyone with information on the attack to call Dolton Police.
Contributing: Sam Charles, LeeAnn Shelton