Youth baseball players hit the ground running on St. Rita High School field while shots sound a few steps from campus

CHICAGO (CBS) Nearly two dozen shots were fired on Thursday afternoon within easy reach of a new baseball game underway at St. Rita from Cascia High School on the Southwest Side.

As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, the Gamechanger app video shows the baseball game between St. Rita Freshman Mustangs and Marmion Academy start when 23 shots sound. A track meet was also underway at St. Rita at that time.

As the gunshots sound, several young players fall right down where they were in the area on the diamond.

St. Rita freshman baseball coach Brendan Garrett said in a statement late Thursday that there was an “isolated shooting that happened on Western Avenue that is not on St. Rita’s campus.”

“No one from St. Rita or Marmion was near the shooting, and everyone on St. Rita’s campus is safe,” he wrote.

Garrett wrote that both baseball games on Thursday continued to be completed and that the court meeting continued after the shot.

Police said the shooting happened a few steps away from the school around 6 p.m. 17.20. A 42-year-old woman came out of McDonald’s drive-thru at 7832 S. Western Ave. in a black Lexus early Thursday night when a dark- A colored sports car drove past and someone inside fired shots at her Lexus – also caused damage to five other parked cars, police said.

The suspects fled east on 79th Street, police said.

The scene is about a block from St. Rita from Cascia High School, located at 7740 S. Western Ave.

CBS 2’s De Mar spoke to some track and field athletes who heard the shots.

“We heard some pretty serious shots, and it kind of scared the whole team, and we had this really big – we had this group chat, and everyone kept texting, and it was like, ‘Are you okay? ‘”said aloud freshman Sophia Roy.

“At first I did not know if it was a shot or not. I thought it might have been fireworks or something,” said freshman Sorin Olinger in high school, “and then I started to get a little worried. I was like, what the heck. is going on here? “

A grandparent said her daughter and granddaughter were across the street at a nearby station when the shooting took place.

“Suddenly they saw this car drive up and they started shooting at McDonald’s so they go for ducking and all that sort of thing. So it was really scary,” Sabrina Johnson said.

“I know there is no safe place, but we really thought this area was pretty safe, but it happens everywhere,” she said.

In a statement Friday afternoon, St. Rita’s interim president, Deacon John Donahue, said the incident “was disturbing and a sad reminder that violence can occur anywhere, anytime.”

“We thank our security staff and law enforcement for their prompt response. We remain fully committed to the safety of our students, faculty, staff, parents and guests,” Donahue added.

Police are still looking for the person responsible for the shooting.

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