Man shot and killed while standing with a large group outside South Loop Elementary School

Chicago police officers look for evidence after a man was shot and killed outside South Loop Elementary on September 18, 2022. | Provided

Chicago police said a man was fatally shot while standing with a large group of people outside South Loop Elementary School overnight. The people he was with all ran away after the shooting, and police still don’t know who he is.

It happened around 12:46 a.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of South Plymouth. Chicago police said the man, who appeared to be in his mid-20s or early 30s, suffered gunshot wounds to his face and chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A nearby resident reported seeing a woman and child run past the victim to flee the scene with the rest of the group. Police detained a few members of the group on the Roosevelt Orange Line platform, but CPD said no arrests had been made.

Neighbors report that the same group began congregating on school property a few nights ago, but authorities did not respond to 911 calls about them.

“This group had begun gathering in this spot several nights ago,” a nearby resident said. “Police were contacted each night, including earlier this evening, but no one came over.”

He said the group was hanging out on the school’s property.

“The victim was shot and killed on Plymouth between the entrance to the playground and the school drop-off. Kids hang out with their parents in the exact spot where the body is.”

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