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Chicago police are searching for two men in connection with the shooting of a high school basketball coach, who was driving his daughter to school.

Police say two men approached 38-year-old Shawn Harrington’s car at a traffic light near Augusta and Hamlin in the Humboldt Park neighborhood Thursday morning.

They fired six shots into the car, hitting Harrington in the back and side. His daughter was not hurt.

The men ran off.

Police do not have descriptions of the shooters.

Harrington is the assistant boys’ basketball coach at Marshall Metro High School.

Harrington also played basketball at Marshall Metro, and was a member of the team highlighted in the 1994 documentary “Hoop Dreams”.

Police do not know if Harrington was the target.

He is in stable but critical condition after undergoing surgery.

The basketball team’s head coach said the team will play this evening against Orr Academy in his honor.

“I think we’re going to win just for him,” Marshall Metro High School student Shawn Mack said. “We’re going to play strong and hopefully come out with the W for Shawn.”

A Chicago Public School’s spokesman said Harrington is also a special education teacher’s assistant at Marshall Metro and has been a CPS employee since 2007.

Marshall students said Harrington is always encouraging them and telling them to study hard.

“He was just a motivator to all the students,” Marshall Metro  High School student Kiara Harrell said. ” A lot of kids are upset, some kids even cried about it. It was just unexpected, everybody was shocked by it.”

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