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2 High School Basketball Stars Wounded In Drive-By Shooting In Englewood

Tyler Johnson, a student at DePaul College Prep, and TaKiya “TK” Howard, a student at De La Salle Institute, were wounded in Monday night's shooting.

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CHICAGO — Two high school seniors headed to Division I colleges to play basketball were wounded Monday night in a drive-by shooting in Englewood. 

The two were identified as Tyler Johnson, 18, a student at DePaul College Prep High School who plans to to attend and play basketball at Loyola University Chicago, and TaKiya “TK” Howard, a 17-year-old student at De La Salle Institute who plans to attend and play basketball at Murray State University in Kentucky, according to reports.

About 11:55 p.m. Monday, the two were talking outside a home on the 7000 block of South Throop Street when someone shot them, police said.

Howard’s mother told the Sun-Times her daughter and a friend were headed out for ice cream when they stopped by Johnson’s home. While Johnson spoke to the girls through an open car window, someone in a passing car fired shots, hitting Howard and Johnson, Kimberly Howard said.

The back of Johnson’s head was grazed by a bullet, and he was listed in good condition before being transferred to University of Chicago Medical Center. Howard was shot near her ear and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where her condition was not available but she had stabilized, police said.

Howard’s mother told the Sun-Times the bullet lodged in her neck near her carotid artery, but she was responsive and coherent.

Johnson, a 6-foot-3 guard, has signed with Loyola and is expected to play for the Ramblers next season. He is a two-time Sun-Times All-Area player and was this season’s breakout star, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. 

Howard, a 5-foot-10 guard, committed to playing at Murray State University for the 2021-22 season, according to the Sun-Times. She was selected to the All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference White Division team in all four years at the De La Salle Institute.

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