School Closings Could Place Youth at Risk

OLD TOWN — The shooting started just after supper. Charlie Branda’s 11-year-old son counted the gun blasts like she taught him. One, two … three, four, five … six. Branda called 911. She’s called before, plenty of times, and knows police always ask how many shots were fired. “Six,” she told the dispatcher.
Steps from their front door, Tyshawn Blanton had been shot dead. The 20-year-old was just outside the corner store at Evergreen and Sedgwick — the intersection of drug turf and urban gentrification in Old Town.

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