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17-Year-Old Chicago Public Schools Student Shot And Killed Near Kenwood Academy

The shooting occurred around noon Friday. The student got into an argument with people in a car, who then chased the teen into a parking lot and shot him several times, police said.

Deputy Police Chief Ron Pontecore speaks at a press conference after a 17-year-old CPS was fatally shot near Kenwood Academy on Friday.
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KENWOOD — A 17-year-old Chicago Public Schools student was shot and killed midday Friday just blocks from Kenwood Academy after being chased into a parking lot, police said.

The shooting occurred around noon in the 1600 block of East 50th Place, Deputy Chief Ron Pontecore said at a press conference.

The student was identified as Kanye Perkins, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

He got into an argument with people in a car, Pontecore said. The car chased the teen into a parking lot, where at least two people got out of the car and shot the teen multiple times, Pontecore said, citing preliminary information.

He was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center and pronounced dead.

The shooting occurred near the Kenwood Academy campus, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.

The school was placed on soft lockdown but no other students were in danger, Pontecore said.

No one is in custody. Detectives are investigating and looking for private surveillance video of the shooting, Pontecore said.

As with all homicide cases, the city is offering a $15,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. You can call anonymously at 833-408-0069.

If you have any information, you can contact Area 1 detectives at 312-747-8380 or submit an anonymous tip at cpdtip.com.

This is at least the second time CPS students have been shot during the school year, which started Aug. 22.

“Any violence at any time of the day is not acceptable for anybody in the city of Chicago, especially the police department,” Pontecore said. “We’re working diligently with the public to try to stop this from going on the streets. We appreciate any tips or clues that the public can help us [with], and working in this endeavor to make our city a safer place.”

Three days into the semester, four students were shot and wounded outside an ice cream shop across the street from Schurz High School in Old Irving Park.

Last year, more than 50 school-aged children were shot and killed and hundreds more were wounded, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Since January, at least 38 people 17 and younger have been shot and killed. 

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