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Chicago Public Schools Teacher Injured in Shooting at White Sox Game

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What Happened at the White Sox Game?

A recent shooting incident at Guaranteed Rate Field during a White Sox game has raised concerns as it left two women injured, including a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teacher.

The incident, which occurred during the fourth inning, has prompted investigations into the source of the shots and the overall safety at the stadium.

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On Friday night, a shooting incident took place at Guaranteed Rate Field during a White Sox game against the Oakland Athletics.

The incident resulted in the injury of two women, both of whom sustained gunshot wounds. One of the injured women was identified as a CPS teacher, confirmed by a statement from CPS. The teacher’s identity, however, has not been officially disclosed.

CPS Statement and Well Wishes

The Chicago Public Schools issued a statement confirming the teacher’s injury, expressing concern for her well-being, and sending wishes for a speedy recovery. The CPS community extended its support to the injured staff member.

Police Report and Injuries

According to law enforcement officials, two women were injured during the incident. A 42-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, while a 26-year-old woman sustained a graze wound to the abdomen. The details of the shooting, including the source of the shots, are under investigation.

Legal Response and Denial

An attorney representing the woman shot in the leg denied reports suggesting that she had brought a firearm into the park and accidentally fired it. The attorney emphasized that the gunshot wound was not self-inflicted and was not the result of an accidental discharge.

Details of the Injured Woman

The woman who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg is reported to be a White Sox season ticket holder and holds a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. Despite her injuries, she has not been charged with any crime.

Investigation and Public Safety Measures

The incident has raised questions about the security measures at the stadium.

While details about the source of the shots remain under investigation, Chicago’s Interim Police Superintendent Fred Waller indicated that it is unlikely the shots came from outside the ballpark.

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) and White Sox security are working together to ensure public safety.

Public Response and Mayor’s Comments

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson was informed of the shooting shortly after it occurred. He refrained from commenting on the decision to continue the game after the incident, emphasizing that the investigation is ongoing.

The mayor acknowledged the thoroughness of the police investigation and assured that more information would be shared as it becomes available.

Witness Accounts and Safety Concerns

Witnesses at the stadium expressed surprise at the lack of awareness regarding the incident. Some mentioned that people were going about their activities as if nothing had happened. Witness accounts varied, with some describing finding a bullet and others noting the absence of immediate evacuation.

“People were going in and out of the section like nothing happened,” said Jennifer Yolich, a citizen at the scene.

“It was stuck in the back of her hoodie, like how does that happen? It just flew,” she said.

“If someone got shot, I mean you should probably evacuate right? Nothing was done,” Yolich said. “The fans didn’t know what happened, the staff didn’t know what happened, I’m sure the players didn’t know what happened. It kind of puts everyone at risk.”

Medical Response

Dr. Jeanne Farnan, a spectator at the game, provided medical assistance to the injured women. She treated a woman with a leg wound and another with a graze wound to the stomach. Dr. Farnan’s actions highlight the importance of immediate medical attention during such incidents.

Investigation to Continue 

The shooting incident at Guaranteed Rate Field during a White Sox game has ignited discussions about stadium safety and public awareness. As investigations continue, it is crucial to address concerns related to security protocols and emergency responses to ensure the safety of attendees at future events.