Loyola men’s basketball recruit Ty Johnson was grazed by a bullet during a drive-by shooting in Englewood May 3.
Just before midnight, Johnson, 17, was walking with an 18-year-old woman on the 7000 block of South Throop Street when someone in a passing vehicle fired at them.
Johnson, a senior at DePaul College Prep, was grazed in the back of the head and was in good condition after being transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center. The 18-year-old woman, was struck in the ear and brought to Stroger Hospital where she was later said to be in stable condition, according to the Chicago Police Department.
In a May 4 press release sent out to its school community, DePaul College Prep asked its students and families to keep Johnson — as well as the 18-year-old DeLaSalle High School student who was also shot and remains in the hospital — in their prayers. The release also confirmed Johnson is at home resting and “will recover physically.”
During his senior year at DePaul College Prep, Johnson averaged 20 points per game and landed 51% of his shots from the field.
Johnson announced his commitment to Loyola in July 2020, The Phoenix reported. Loyola athletics spokesperson Bill Behrns said the department’s main concern was for Johnson’s “full and quick recovery.”
Men’s basketball coach Drew Valentine wasn’t available for comment.
The 6-foot-2 guard will join fellow first-year commit Ben Schwieger on the team next fall.
No one is in custody, though an investigation into the shooting is underway, according to police.