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Tyquone Greer senior forward Orr Academy pictured January MLK Shoot-Out was one six people shot party Austearly Sunday.  |

Tyquone Greer, a senior forward at Orr Academy pictured in January at the MLK Shoot-Out, was one of six people shot at a party in Austin early Sunday. | Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 11, 2014 6:23AM



A star basketball player at Orr Academy was among six people shot early Sunday after a fight at an Austin house party.

Tyquone Greer, 19, a senior and All-City forward, was shot in the calf. Greer had led Orr to a fourth-place finish in last season’s Class 3A state tournament.

“We were just out having a good time, partying and enjoying ourselves when the shots rang out, “ Greer said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, what color you are, what grade you are in, we just want to feel safe.”

Orr coach Louis Adams said DeShawn King, a former player at Orr, was also shot four times. King is the brother of Demetrius Dortch, a senior at Orr and another member of the basketball team.

The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 4900 block of West Race, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

Two males got into an argument at a house party, Alfaro said. One male left, returned with a handgun and opened fire into the home.

Four of the victims were in stable condition Sunday at area hospitals, police said. In addition to Greer, an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the upper left arm and a 17-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the face were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. A 22-year-old man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper left leg.

The other two victims were listed in serious condition Sunday, Alfaro said.

King, 20, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with gunshot wounds to the chest, back and leg, and a 20-year-old woman was in serious condition with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and lower left leg, Alfaro said. She drove or was driven to Loretto Hospital, but was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Orr is scheduled to play in the Class 3A state playoffs Tuesday at Westinghouse High School against Marshall-Metro High School, whose assistant coach, Shawn Harrington, was shot twice on Jan. 30 while driving his daughter to school.

“I’ll keep this short and simple: This madness has to stop,” Adams said. “We need to get this under control so that kids that want to do something with their lives can go out and have a good time without the threat of violence.”

Greer “is done for the season, but that isn’t our main concern,” he said. “Hopefully things work out for everyone that was hurt.”

Contributing: Megan Graham and Jordan Owen



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