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Ill. Student Shot to Death in Class

February 12, 1999

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) _ A masked man with a pistol walked into a class in an alternative school center and shot a student to death Thursday. Another student was slightly injured while scrambling to get out of the way.

The gunman ran away and was not immediately caught. Police believe the shooting was gang-related.

Several students were sitting at computers at the small storefront office of Ombudsman Educational Services when the suspect, wearing a mask or scarf on his face, opened the door, walked toward a 14-year-old boy and fired, hitting him multiple times, police said. The boy was pronounced dead in a hospital.

Larry Ascough, a school district spokesman, said the boy who died had attended ninth grade at Elgin High School but had attendance problems and transferred to Ombudsman in October.

Ombudsman, a private company with 70 educational centers nationwide, holds contracts with school districts to tutor at-risk high school students, said Lori Sweeney, a co-owner of the Libertyville, Ill.-based company.

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