18-year-old Keayon Brooks fatally shot steps from his school in Austin neighborhood

Keayon Brooks, an 18-year-old student at Youth Connection Charter School, was fatally shot, and another male injured, in the Austin neighborhood Monday morning.

A group of males were walking when a male in a red jacket fired shots at 9:11 a.m. in the 4900 block of West Division, according to Chicago Police.

Brooks was shot and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:50 a.m., police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He lived in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

A 17-year-old was shot in the leg and also taken to Stroger, where his condition stabilized, police said.

The glass walls of a bus stop shelter at Lamon and Division shattered during the gunfire.

The shooter was not in custody as of Monday morning.

Both teens were students at a charter school that gives a second chance to students ages 16 to 21 who’d previously dropped out of school.

The school is only steps from the scene of the shooting.

A representative of the school – Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS) West – was not immediately available for comment Monday.

The school is part of a network of alternative charter schools that operate 19 locations around the city.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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