2 teens injured after South Chicago drive-by shooting

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CHICAGO — Two teens were injured after a drive-by shooting in South Chicago.

The mother of the 13-year-old, Swaysee Rankin, said he was walking home from a friends’s house with his 14-year-old cousin on South Cole Avenue near 82nd Street around 9:30 p.m. Monday when they were shot.

Police believe a person in the red Jeep Cherokee fired shots.

Swaysee Rankin was hit in the back and abdomen and was rushed to Comer Children’s Hospital in a police car. He was listed in critical condition, but his mother said he is going to be OK.

The 14-year-old boy was hit in the chest and abdomen and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center and is also listed in critical condition.

The mother of the 13-year-old said last year, her son saved a girl who was shot in the back. She said that shooting happened two blocks from where he was shot last night. Ashly Jackson thanked the Chicago Police officers who put her son into their squad car in the South Chicago neighborhood last night and rushed him to Comer Children’s Hospital.

“Those officers were quick thinking and they were not going to wait for that EMS,” she said. “They got here right on time. So I’m highly grateful for you guys.”

No one has been taken into custody and the incident is under investigation.

Jackson says her son remains hospitalized.

“Right now he’s stable,” she said. “He’s talking. He’s not going to have long-term injuries but his stomach has to get sewn back together.” 

After surgery, loved ones say Rankin was more concerned about others.     

“He’s still in a lot of pain,” his mother said. “He’s asking about the people he was with.”

Last night, seven people were shot within 45 minutes in Chicago.

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