COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Marshall High School basketball coach was left paralyzed from the waist down while shielding his 15-year-old daughter from gunfire, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The two were stopped at a red light when the daughter saw two men, including one who was later identified as Deandre Thompson, walking by the car, prosecutors said. A moment later, Harrington heard gunfire coming from the same direction and instinctively leaned across the passenger seat to shield his daughter.
The shooting happened about 7:45 a.m.
Harrington may have saved his daughter's life — police found a bullet lodged in the head rest of her seat — but lost the use of his legs as well as his livelihood as a basketball coach, prosecutors said.
"All he was doing was driving his daughter to school," Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said Wednesday, when Thompson appeared briefly in court.
Thompson, 21, of the 800 block of North Springfield Avenue, was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery with discharge of a firearm.
He has also worked as a special education classroom assistant at Marshall since 2011, according to school officials.
Despite his ordeal, "his spirits are good," Marshall Athletic Director Dorothy Gaters said.
A Cook County judge ordered Thompson held without bail.