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Four injured in drive-by shooting near high school

CHICAGO (AP) – Four teenagers were injured – one critically – in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday afternoon near a high school on Chicago’s Northwest Side, police said.

The shooting happened at about 2.45pm outside an ice cream shop across the street from Carl Schurz High School.

Deputy Chief Roberto Nieves said police believe a dark SUV pulled up to a group of people and someone inside opened fire before the vehicle sped off.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the face and the neck and was reported in critical condition, he said. A second 15-year-old boy was shot in the back and was in good condition, while a 17-year-old boy was in good condition and was being treated for a graze wound to his leg and an 18-year-old man was shot in the leg and was also in good condition.

Nieves said no arrests have been made and detectives have not yet determined a motive for the shooting of the four teens that he described as high school students.

Chicago police work the scene where several juveniles and an adult were shot in a drive-by outside Carl Schurz High School in the Old Irving Park neighbourhood of Chicago. PHOTO: AP

He said detectives are analysing surveillance camera footage in the hopes of identifying suspects.

Chicago Public Schools issued a statement saying a shooting occurred just before a high school’s dismissal bell but would not confirm the school name.

Later, Nieves said he believed some students had been dismissed before the shooting because the school releases students for the day on a staggered schedule.

The school went on a lockdown while police responded.

That lockdown was later lifted and students were released, the statement said.

“Due to privacy concerns and student confidentiality, the District typically does not confirm the identity or school affiliation of any victims,” the statement said.

The new school year started on Monday in Chicago.

Nieves said the police department would beef up patrols near the school.

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