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Two men convicted of shooting that left Chicago “Hoop Dreams” star Shawn Harrington paralyzed

January 22, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Two men convicted of shooting that left Chicago “Hoop Dreams” star Shawn Harrington paralyzed

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Chicago prosecutors have announced the convictions of two men in the shooting that left Shawn Harrington, a local high school basketball coach who played on a team featured in the 1994 documentary “Hoop Dreams,” paralyzed.

On Thursday, Cedrick Davis and Deandre Thompson were both convicted of attempted murder, and aggravated battery in the shooting of Shawn Harrington during a traffic stop in 2014, Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for prosecutors said in a statement.

Police said the suspects mistook the car for another vehicle involved in an earlier when they opened fire in the city’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.

Harrington, who played for the team featured in the documentary “Hoop Dreams,” and is still an assistant coach at Marshall high school, was shot twice attempting to shield his daughter from the gunfire.

The shooting left him bound to a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down.

Harrington took the stand in court on Wednesday, where he identified Davis and Thompson as the gunmen to the jury.

“No doubt in my mind that those are the guys on the tape that fired the shots at my car that morning,” Harrington said.

Investigators said the assailants mistook Harrington’s rental car for a suspect involved in the shooting of an associate of the defendants three days earlier.

The judge has scheduled sentencing for Feb. 28 for Davis and Thompson.

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