Breaking: DeKalb student critically injured in shooting

March 24, 2019

DeKALB – A 10-year-old boy who was critically injured in a shooting in south suburban Harvey is a student at a District 428 school, district Superintendent Jamie Craven confirmed Sunday.

According to an Associated Press report that cited WLS-TV, Ezra Hill Jr. was shot twice around 1:30 p.m. Saturday while sitting in a vehicle with his fafther, and was being treated in an intensive care unit at a Chicago-area hospital. Police say the pair was outside their home when shots were fired from another car. The boy’s father was not wounded,

Craven said that the boy has a parent or guardian who lives in the district, and that school officials had been in contact with the child’s family.

“We’re trying to give the family space, of course, but also let them know that we’re here to provide whatever support we can provide,” Craven said. “It’s just a horrible situation.”

Craven was reluctant to say which school Hill attended. DeKalb schools are on spring break and not in session this week, but he said district officials were planning to discuss Sunday what steps they would take.

“We’re going to work through details on what we need to do for staff and students, either sometime this week or when students return,” Craven said.