Parents are pushing government officials to take action to tackle gun violence in Chicago after a teenage girl and a security guard were gunned down outside a school on Tuesday, followed by gunfire outside another school on Wednesday morning.
Authorities say a gunman opened fire outside McDade Elementary School around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, causing parents to panic.
“Come on, like Chicago stop! Please, ”said Philonise Griffin, who rushed to school to pick up her daughter. “They just want to go back to school.”
The shots did not hit any students or staff, but left two bullet holes in a window in front of the school.
Although the damage to the school is minimal, some parents fear that students may suffer mentally from the series of shootings outside of school buildings.
“I am begging whoever did this, it is very serious,” said Harold Edwards, a worried father. “It may not affect you, but it does affect the school, this community, and people like me who are trying to do the right thing.”
This was the second shooting near a Chicago public school building in recent days. The school was letting out at Wendell Phillips Academy in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Tuesday when a gunman opened fire, seriously injuring a 14-year-old girl and injuring a school security guard.
Police are still looking for the gunman responsible for a shooting outside Wendell Phillips Academy in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood on Tuesday that injured a student and a security guard. Lisa Chavarria reports.
The girl’s grandmother joined Reverend Michael Pfleger at St. Sabina Church on Wednesday to call on Governor JB Pritzker and Chicago officials to declare a state of emergency in an effort to fight against armed violence.
“These are babies shooting babies, aren’t they?” I guess that baby who shot my grand-baby is crying for help, but I want to tell him God will help you if you ask, ”said Jonice Cobb, the victim’s grandmother.
The “Purpose Over Pain” group is calling for the shooter to surrender and for Mayor Lori Lightfoot to form a task force as part of a larger campaign to combat gun violence.
“Just like you caught the looters (last summer), you can catch the shooters, so we ask you to form this task force,” said Pam Bosley, spokesperson for the group.