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Safe Passage Worker Shot Just Blocks From Elementary School In Austin

The worker, a man in his 20s, was seriously wounded when two gunmen opened fire on each other, police said.

A Safe Passage worker was shot along the route for Duke Ellington Elementary School students.
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CHICAGO — A Safe Passage worker was shot when two gunmen fired at each other Thursday morning in Austin.

At 8:20 a.m., the worker, a man in his 20s, was in the 5600 block of West Corcoran Place when he was shot in his back, police said. He was taken to Loyola Hospital in serious condition.

The man is a Safe Passage worker and was hit when two other people were shooting at each other, said Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago Police spokesman, in a tweet.

“We are devastated by this senseless act that harmed a member of our CPS family, but we are grateful that the injuries were non-life threatening,” Janice Jackson, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, said in a statement. “We are thankful that no students were in the area when this occurred, and we are sending a crisis team to support the school community.

“While no students were present during the incident, we will work with CPD to gather a full understanding of the incident to ensure that every possible measure is put in place to support student and staff safety.”

The shooting took place along the Safe Passage route for Duke Ellington Elementary School, 243 N. Parkside Ave. Safe Passage is a program meant to provide children with safe routes to and from school.

No arrests had been made.