CHICAGO (WLS) – A 17-year-old girl was shot in the final moments of her driving test in the Roseland neighborhood on Thursday afternoon on Chicago’s Far South Side.
The girl’s mother, who does not wish to be identified, spoke to ABC 7 about the horrific incident.
“They’re learning to be fearless behind the wheel, and then something like this happens,” the girl’s mother said. “It scarred them for life.”
The teen’s mother said her daughter was making a three-point turn with both the instructor and another student in the car when gunshots rang out near 113 and Normal around midday.
“She saw a man come out of a house and then a car passed behind her and he started shooting at the car,” her mother said.
The 17-year-old girl was shot in the head, the wound grazed her body. We want to warn you: the photo of her injury can be considered graphic.
The girl’s mother said the boy was stitched up and has been released from the hospital.
“She can’t sleep,” her mother said. “She’s having nightmares, a pain in her head, she’s having a really bad headache.”
The teenager is a student at EPIC Academy, but has been assigned to Fenger High School for a driver’s license.
The teenager’s mother said that it was a miracle she was not seriously injured. She plans to take next steps with the school to make sure this doesn’t happen to any other students.
The teen is currently recovering at home. Police said no one was detained.
Fenger High School Principal’s full statement:
Dear Fenger Parents and Family,
The safety of your children is always our top priority, which is why I am writing to inform you of an incident affecting our school this afternoon. During one of our driver training programs, shots were fired in the vicinity of our school. We have notified the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the CPS Office of Safety and Security to protect the safety of all students and staff participating in the program. CPD was prompt to arrive and respond to the situation, and the matter will be handled in accordance with CPS policy. Due to the privacy of those involved, I cannot go into further details.Please know that we are taking this matter very seriously. We will continue to work diligently with the CPD and the CPS Office of Safety and Security to ensure that our school continues to be a place where all students can reach their full potential. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me directly.
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