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Marshall High coach shot in Humboldt Park

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A gunman walked up to the assistant basketball coach at Marshall-Metro High School as he sat in his car Thursday morning on the West Side and shot him twice, the school's athletic director said.

Shawn Harrington, 38, was in his vehicle about 7:45 a.m. near Augusta and Hamlin in the Humboldt Park neighborhood when someone on foot approached the vehicle and opened fire, hitting him in the back and left side, police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan said.

He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in "stable" condition, Sullivan said.

Marshall A.D. Dorothy Gaters confirmed the victim was Harrington, assistant coach and former player at Marshall.

Marshall varsity coach Henry Cotton said he was texting with Harrington five minutes before the shooting.

"He was just letting me know that he was on his way," Cotton said. "It was like every other morning, we were just talking like we always do."

Cotton said all coaches must be at the school by 7:45 a.m. and Harrington had never been late.

"Well, you know, the guys, myself, the kids—we are all down right now," Cotton said. "We are meeting with the kids. Everybody is kind of hurt right now."

Harrington attended Marshall-Metro and played for the basketball team that was later portrayed in the 1994 documentary "Hoop Dreams," according to Cotton.

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