2 children shot outside school during end of year picnic

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CHICAGO -- Chicago police are questioning persons of interest in a shooting that wounded two school girls at an end of year picnic.

The drive by shooting happened just 2 p.m. near Joseph  Warren Elementary, 9239 S. Jeffrey on the South Side.

13-year-old DaKayla Hart

Two girls, a 7-year-old  and 13-year-old DaKayla Hart, were shot.

Authorities say the younger girl was shot in the leg and DaKayla was shot in the hand. They were both taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.  They are both expected to recover.

Students and parents at the picnic ran inside the school during the shooting.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the girls were not the intended target.  Students who had been suspended from  the school were trying to attend the picnic.  They were removed from the school grounds by security, police say, but were nearby when someone in a passing car opened fire.  Johnson says the suspended students ran back into the picnic drawing the gunfire that hit the victims.

Police say multiple suspects were stopped near the scene and are being held and questioned.  The car in which they were riding was reported stolen.


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