Mother of 5 injured in Park Manor double shooting was unintended target, family says

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CHICAGO — A woman shot in the chest in Chicago’s Park Manor neighborhood was an unintended target, according to family members who spoke with WGN.

Family members said 38-year-old Keionna James was the victim of a drive-by shooting when she was shot in the chest Tuesday. Police responded to the first block of West 71 Street around 5:50 p.m. First responders transported James by ambulance to the University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition. According to family members, James has been stabilized.

Police say a second shooting person drove himself to the hospital. No suspect is in custody.

SkyCam 9 was over the scene, near the Lafayette Plaza Housing Cooperative. Cameras caught what appeared to be a vehicle with its windows shot out.

“She was calm, she was strong,” James’ sister Kira Allen said. She says James called her shortly after being shot.

“She was strong, out of breath but calm,” Allen said.     

James, who works as a security guard at the Lafayette Plaza Housing Cooperative on the corner of West 71st Street and South Vincennes Avenue, was finishing up her day when she was shot.  

“When I went up, that’s when I heard the shots,” said William Martin.

Family members say James supports five children. Redd Johnson, James’ best friend, says the shooting is troubling.

“You can’t do that in Chicago,” Johnson said. “You can’t work to feed your kids? It’s beyond me.”

Wade Ingram, the owner of the security company James works offered his support.

“My heart goes out to her and her family,” Ingram said. “She’s in stable condition at the University of Chicago. She’s going to recover from her injuries.”


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