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Chicago priest narrowly misses being shot outside Little Italy Jesuit residence – NBC Chicago

Monday morning, a priest heard what sounded like a saw outside the Jesuit residence in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Around 6 a.m., the Rev. Jeremiah Lynch SJ, a 74-year-old Jesuit priest, opened the door to see what was happening and observed two people stealing catalytic converters from cars in the parking lot, according to a spokesperson of Saint-Ignace. Preparing for college.

“He said, ‘Hey, what are you doing?’ and the person in the crowd responded by firing three shots,” said Kristyn Hartman, director of communications for St. Ignatius College Prep.

Bullet holes riddled the door.

Luckily, Lynch escaped with just a scratch on his head.

As of Monday evening, it was unclear whether he was injured by a bullet or a shrapnel from the door.

“By the grace of God, he’s here,” Hartman said. “It’s sad, it’s disappointing. I know Father Lynch. He is a lovely human being who devotes his life to faith, love, service and leadership.”

In addition to his work at St. Ignatius College Prep, Lynch also serves as chaplain at the Cook County Jail, where he shares God’s word with those in custody.

“Father Lynch serves this community and serves it magnificently and with all his heart,” Hartman said.

The school’s communications director said she didn’t understand how people could neglect someone’s life for material things.

“It comes down to valuing something as stupid as a catalytic converter over a human life,” Hartman said. “It is a sad day in Chicago or any American city when a young person values ​​a catalytic converter more than a human life.”

Chicago police had not made any arrests as of Monday evening and had not yet provided a description of those involved.

At least one car in the parking lot appeared to have a severed pipe Monday.

Lynch was not available to speak to reporters, but told Hartman he was praying for the individuals who shot him.

NBC Chicago

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