Proviso West Student Critically Injured In Melrose Park Shooting

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A family photo provided to the Chicago Tribune of Dawson Stephan, 16, who was shot in the head on Friday, June 3, in Melrose Park. | Family photo

Saturday, June 4, 2016 || By Michael Romain || UPDATED: 10:00 p.m.

A shooting that happened Friday at around 10:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of North 34th Avenue in Melrose Park has left one teenager fighting for his life.

Dawson Stephan, a 16-year-old who had attended Proviso West High School, was shot in the head while on the porch of his Melrose Park home.

He had been on the porch with two of his male friends when a white minivan pulled up and someone inside of it began firing nearly a dozen bullets, according to Stephan’s older brother Andrew, who said he rushed outside of the house after he heard the shooting.

“I ran outside and saw him lying on the ground bleeding,” Stephan told the Chicago Tribune.

The teenager was rushed to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he’s on life support.

Stephan’s mother, Michelle, said her sons had been actively recruited by local gangs for a while. The 16-year-old had aspirations to join the Marines.

“He had his whole life in front of him,” the mother, who was at her son’s bedside on Saturday, told the Tribune.

Her two sons worked as delivery drivers for the Tribune, but weren’t employed by the company. Their father, a 65-year-old retiree, had recently taken ill and could no longer work. The boys wanted to help pay some of the family’s bills. VFP

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2 thoughts on “Proviso West Student Critically Injured In Melrose Park Shooting”

  1. Sounds like GANG RELATED event; someone in the family or more involved with drugs, Most likely Andrew with Dawson as an unsuspecting brother; or vica versa or both. But driveby shootings usually happen for a set reason, and it is usually drugs~

  2. Pure speculation Mary Porter — to put that out there like that. “Gang related” most likely would have sufficed in any story involving a somewhat random shooting without much other evidence to indicate drug use or drug involvement, unless you know either of the Stephan’s boys personally. In fact, the mother, Michelle, said her sons had been actively recruited by local gangs for a while. The 16-year-old had aspirations to join the Marines. So, you could speculate this was gang-related retaliation for NOT joining the gang, or even a gang initiation right of passage to shoot someone, anyone, for no apparent reason. God Bless the Stephan family during their times of trouble & many healing blessings sent Dawson’s way along with heartfelt prayers for strength for the entire family.

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