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Orr's Tyquone Greer hold the ball high over a king defender. Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times Media.
Six people were shot early Sunday morning in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, including Orr Academy basketball player Tyquone Greer.
Greer, 19, a senior and All-City forward, was shot in the calf, Orr coach Louis Adams confirmed. Greer led Orr to a fourth-place finish in last season’s Class 3A state tournament. Adams said DeShawn King, a former player at Orr, was also shot.
“We were just out having a good time, partying and enjoying ourselves when the shots rang out, “ Greer said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, what color you are, what grade you are in, we just want to feel safe.”
The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 4900 block of West Race, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.
Two males got into an argument at a party, Alfaro said. One male left, returned with a handgun and opened fire into the home.
Four of the victims are in stable condition at area hospitals, police said. In addition to Greer, an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the upper left arm and a 17-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the face were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. A 22-year-old man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper left leg.
The other two victims were listed in serious condition, Alfaro said.
A 20-year-old man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with gunshot wounds to the chest, back and leg, and a 20-year-old woman was in serious condition with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and lower left leg, Alfaro said. She drove or was driven to Loretto Hospital, but was being transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital.
Orr plays in the Class 3A state playoffs Tuesday at Westinghouse against Marshall, whose assistant coach, Shawn Harrington, was shot twice on Jan. 30 while driving his daughter to school.
“I’ll keep this short and simple: This madness has to stop,” Adams said. “We need to get this under control so that kids that want to do something with their lives can go out and have a good time without the threat of violence.”
Greer “is done for the season, but that isn’t our main concern,” he said. “Hopefully things work out for everyone that was hurt.”
Contributing: Megan Graham and Jordan Owen