2 shot in Edgewater yesterday are Senn High School students, official says

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CHICAGO — The two people shot in Edgewater on Thursday afternoon are students at Senn High School, according to an email sent to the school’s community yesterday evening.

The news is a disturbing development for the school, coming two months after three of its students were shot, one fatally, while walking home from class in January. And, just a few hours before yesterday’s shooting, a Senn student was charged with carrying out a mass shooting in Rogers Park that left one dead and three injured in February.

“This afternoon after dismissal, shots were fired in the Edgewater community off school grounds,” Senn Principal Holly Dacres wrote in the email, provided to CWBChicago. “I am very sorry to inform you that two members of our school community were injured.”

The victims, ages 18 and 16, were walking in the 1100 block of West Catalpa when someone opened fire on them from a dark vehicle around 3:35 p.m., according to a CPD statement. Each victim suffered gunshot wounds to an arm and a leg. They were taken to St. Francis Hospital in good condition.

“The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is actively investigating this incident, and we are in close contact with CPD and the CPS Office of Safety and Security,” Dacres continued.

“I know this news is incredibly concerning and difficult, especially because our community is still processing the shooting that impacted us earlier this year. We are working closely with the CPS Crisis Management Unit to make sure that we have crisis supports available for our students,” the principal wrote.

Of the six people shot in Edgewater this year, five were students targeted after leaving Senn.

In February, prosecutors charged two Uplift High School students with shooting three Senn students after class on January 31. Kashawn Perdue, 17, and an unnamed 14-year-old were each charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. The younger boy, who is accused of shooting the victims, is also charged with two counts of aggravated battery by discharging a firearm.

During a detention hearing for Perdue, Assistant State’s Attorney Anne McCord Rodgers said three Senn High School students were walking home from school when Perdue, driving a stolen Honda CRV, cut them off at the mouth of an alley in the 1200 block of West Thorndale.

Surveillance video showed the 14-year-old exiting the rear driver’s side door and walking directly toward the victims with his arm raised, McCord Rodgers alleged. She said he fired at least 15 rounds at the victims, then jumped back into the stolen car with his arm still raised.

Daveon Gibson, 16, was killed. Two other boys, ages 15 and 16, were injured.

Chicago police detectives collected volumes of surveillance footage that allowed them to track the stolen Honda’s movements from the shooting scene to the 4100 block of North Kenmore. There, Perdue and the 14-year-old got out of the car, changed their coats, and walked to Uplift Community High School, where they spoke with two staff members, McCord Rodgers stated.

Perdue, who was allegedly driving the stolen Honda CRV, was on juvenile probation for possessing a stolen motor vehicle at the time of the shooting, McCord Rodgers said.

Earlier on Thursday, Darnell Harrison, a 16-year-old Senn student, was charged with shooting four people, killing one, inside Pottawattomie Park on February 25.

At about 3:30 p.m. that afternoon, Harrison and a friend entered the park and walked toward the group. Some members of the group approached Harrison and his friend, asking why they were there and who they were, according to a detention petition filed by prosecutors.

The petition said Harrison and his friend kept walking without answering, and the victims’ group walked in a different direction.

Moments later, Harrison pulled a firearm from his hoodie, turned, and began shooting at the unarmed group, officials said. Police found 11 shell casings at the scene.

Keyonce Gladney, 19, died. Court records also identify her as Keyonce Gaine. Another 19-year-old woman and men ages 22 and 20 were shot but survived, according to a Chicago police media statement.

Surveillance video showed Harrison entering the park wearing “distinctive” clothing, and another video showed him wearing similar clothing and shoes sometime after the shooting, Judge Mary Marubio noted in an order that granted the state’s detention request. The judge also said Harrison is on juvenile probation.

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