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Three teenagers shot while playing basketball at South Deering park


Updated: October 2, 2013 7:42AM

Three teenagers were shot while playing basketball Tuesday night in a South Deering neighborhood park.

Paramedics took all three teens to area hospitals in serious-to-critical condition after they were shot about 9 p.m. in the 2100 block of East 97th Street, Fire Media Affairs said.

Neighbors said the teens were playing basketball in Merrill Park Playground when they were shot.

Haywood Richmond, a former track coach and security guard at South Shore High School, said he was at home watching the Chicago Blackhawks game when he heard eight gunshots.

Richmond ran outside to check on his nephew, who was walking in the nearby park.

His nephew was not hurt, Richmond said. But two boys and a girl were shot in their legs, according to police and fire officials.

A 15-year-old and a 17-year-old were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, authorities said.

A 16-year-old boy was shot in both legs and he taken to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, authorities said.

A pair of black Air Jordan sneakers was lying on the concrete court behind police tape Tuesday night. Police also marked where several shell casings fell on the street, just beyond the fence surrounding the park.

Gunfire is commonplace in the neighborhood, Richmond said.

Police had no details late Tuesday on what may have sparked the attack.

Area South detectives are investigating.

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