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5 Teens Shot While Waiting For Bus On South Side

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Police investigate a shooting at 79th and Jeffrey in the South Shore neighborhood Friday afternoon. (CBS)

Police investigate a shooting at 79th and Jeffrey in the South Shore neighborhood Friday afternoon. (CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Five teens were shot Friday afternoon while waiting for a bus in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side.

Three ambulances were sent to the shooting scene at 79th Street and Jeffery at about 3:30 p.m. According to the CTA, the victims had been waiting to board a bus there.

The victims ranged in age from 16 to 17, the Chicago Fire Department reported via Twitter. One gunshot victim, a male, was transported in critical condition to Stroger, along with a female patient. Two other victims were taken to Northwestern and South Shore Hospital, where a fifth gunshot victim walked in for treatment.

“We was just walking home from school,” said Antonio Denson, who was shot in the hand. “They just came and started shooting at us.”

Two of the teens are students at nearby South Shore Academy, a dean confirmed to CBS 2.

Mann School is located just south of the shooting scene, while South Shore Community Academy is located about two blocks to the north. The shooting took place right in front of Our Lady Of Peace Church. A person who answered the phone at the church said the victims were wearing South Shore High School uniforms.

Police said they were looking for three male blacks who fled the scene in a van. Their abandoned vehicle was found near 74th and Essex.

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