CHICAGO (CBS) – A teenage girl-an honor student who had just performed at President Obama’s inaugural-was gunned down Tuesday afternoon in the Kenwood neighborhood, just blocks from the high school she attended.
CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports the victim, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, was taking shelter from the rain with a group of 10 to 12 teenagers under a canopy in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park on the 4500 block of South Oakenwald Avenue around 2:30 p.m., when someone jumped a fence, ran up to them, and opened fire.
Just days before, Hadiya performed with her high school band at President Obama’s inauguration. The park is near King College Prep High School — where Pendleton was an honor student, volleyball player, and majorette. A witness said the teens scattered and ran out of the park in a panic after the shots were fired. Pendleton and a boy who also was shot collapsed about a block away, in front of one of the upscale condo row houses that line Oakenwald.Pendleton was struck once in the back, and died at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital less than an hour later.The teenage boy who was shot was struck in the leg. He also was being treated at Comer Children’s Hospital.