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$2.5M Bond For Teen Charged With Shooting Girl After Ballgame

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Jalen Hampton, 17, is charged with shooting a 14-year old girl after a softball game (credit: Chicago Police Department)

Jalen Hampton, 17, is charged with shooting a 14-year old girl after a softball game (credit: Chicago Police Department)

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CHICAGO (STMW)– A teenage boy was ordered held on $2.5 million bond Thursday after being charged with shooting a 14-year-old girl following a high school softball game last week.

Jalen Hampton, 17, of the 1100 block of West 112th Street is charged as an adult with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, a Class X felony, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.

On Thursday, Hampton was ordered held on $2.5 million bond and ordered to appear for a preliminary hearing on April 19, Simonton said.

Hampton is accused of shooting 14-year-old Kiara Faniel in the leg on Tuesday, April 5, after a softball game at Oakdale Park near West 95th Street, authorities said.

Faniel said she never saw the person who shot her but some of her teammates told her it was the man who’d been heckling the Morgan Park team during the game. The man was later seen running away from the field.

“I was hurt, but I didn’t want to panic,” she said. “I was just like, ‘Why me?’ ”

A freshman at Morgan Park High, Faniel was celebrating her school’s victory over Chicago International Charter School-Longwood at Oakdale Park, when the gunman opened fire. Faniel, a member of the frosh-soph team, did not play in the varsity game.

She said she heard six shots in all. The one that hit her “at first felt like a hard impact, and then it felt like it was burning.”

Faniel was treated and has since been released from MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island. She said doctors told her she may able to play softball again in a few weeks.

Court records indicate Hampton was also charged with a felony in May 2010.

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