Butler Prep Student Killed, 2 others Wounded in Riverdale Shooting

(Sun Times Wire) A student of Butler College Prep died Saturday night from a shooting that also wounded a woman and man in the Riverdale community area on the Far South Side.

James W. Garrett, 18, was at an outdoor gathering that the 48-year-old man and 20-year-old woman were also attending at 8 p.m. in the 13200 block of South Prairie Avenue when shots rang out, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Witnesses told officers that a female and male pulled out weapons during an altercation and opened fire on the group.

Garrett and the other man, 48, were struck in the body and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. The older man’s condition stabilized, but Garrett was in serious condition until he was pronounced dead at 8:55 p.m. Saturday, the medical examiner’s office said.

A Facebook post made on the Butler College Prep page early Sunday remembered Garrett as a bright man with a 3.9 grade point average and the first in his class to be accepted into college.

“We will never forget how he loved Butler and everyone he met,” the post said. “Rest In Peace and Power James.”

Garrett lived in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood on the South Side. Butler Charter Prep, his school at the 800 block of East 103rd Street, was the first campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools.

The 20-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound her arm and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical center, where her condition stabilized, police said.

Area South detectives were investigating the shooting.

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