Two 14-year-old classmates at the same South Side Charter school were shot within 24 hours of each other.
Briana Jones was shot in in the Chatham neighborhood in the 7900 block of South Vernon Avenue about 4:56 p.m., said Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.
Jones was walking with family members to a bus stop to go home from her grandparents’ house when the shooting took place, a relative told WGN-TV. A group of young men or boys with hooded sweatshirts came walking toward the family, and when the group had passed the girl’s family, one of them yelled “blow, blow” and someone started shooting.
The family ran, and escaped into a nearby building when someone at the building helped them inside, the girl’s relative told WGN-TV. Once inside, the girl collapsed.
Jones was shot in the left leg and was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where her condition had stabilized, Zala said.
“She’s OK, she’s just in a lot of pain,” Briana’s mother said.
On Thursday night, police say Javier Cameron was approached by three young men when one of them shot him in the back.r
That incident happened right outside Sarah Goode STEM Academy, in the 7700 block of South Homan.
Cameron’s mother says the bullet hit a number of internal organs, but her son is stable after surgery this morning.
Police sources tell WGN Javier had a documented history with gangs and a previous arrest record. His mother says he was arrested once, for loitering, but says he is not affiliated with a gang.
School officials say he’s an excellent student and a member of the football team at Ralph Ellison Charter School on the Southside.
No arrests have been made.