2 students wounded in accidental shooting at Chicago high school
Two students were accidentally shot Tuesday in a Chicago area high school when one student was showing the gun to another student, according to the Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0070410school-shooting,1,2189363.story?coll=chi-news-hed).
The shooting occured inside a classroom at Chicago Vocational Career Academy on the city's Southeast Side.
The gun was a 9mm Ruger handgun brought by a 15-year-old boy. The boy was showing the gun to another student in political science class when it went off accidentally.
The bullet went through the thigh of one student and struck the knee of the other, a 14-year-old boy. According to the police, the boy panicked, ran outside and threw the gun into the bushes. When the boy came inside he was apprehended by security and showed them the weapon.
Both boys were taken to hospitals, but they are in stable condition.
The school does have metal detectors, which questions how the boy got the gun into the school. The police said that only some students pass through, as it takes too long to scan all students. However, the Chicago Public School spokesman said all students are scanned.
Charges are expected to be brought against the teen who brought the gun to school, officials said.
According to police, all students must scan ID cards when they enter the school. The boy who brought the gun must've went through an unauthorized entrance because there is no record of him scanning his card.
According to an AP report, this is the second shooting at the school in less than a month (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-04-10-chicago-shooting_N.htm).
In that incident two students were injured when in a school parking lot when someone drove by and opened fire. Those students eventually recovered.
I found it interesting how much more thorough the Tribune story was. The stories contain very similar information, but the Tribune article went to much further lengths to add extra detail and to show-not-tell. I also found it interesting how information was added because the story was local in one case and national in the other. For example, the exact address of the school was given in the Tribune article but not the AP story. The Tribune article also had a better ending, ending with quotes from both parents and students, especially considering the time constraints. However, in terms of story organization the stories were almost identical.