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Girl Shot Ex-Boyfriend Who Wouldn't Take Her Calls, Prosecutors Say

By Erica Demarest | November 17, 2016 5:57pm
 Katrina Harris, 16, is charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder.
Katrina Harris, 16, is charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A 16-year-old girl is accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend because he refused to answer her calls.

According to prosecutors, Katrina Harris began dating the 17-year-old victim in junior high school. The relationship had soured by early November, and the victim stopped responding to Harris' calls and texts.

On Nov. 8, a witness answered the boyfriend's phone to tell Harris to stop calling, Assistant State's Attorney Bryan Grissman said during a bond hearing Thursday.

That's when Harris told the witness she planned to shoot the ex-boyfriend, according to prosecutors.

The next morning, Harris approached the boy as he walked to school, but he refused to talk to Harris and proceeded toward his school bus, Grissman said.

While the victim was at school, prosecutors said, Harris paced in front of his home and repeatedly asked for him. She sent him menacing texts and threatened to kill him, Grissman said.

When he returned home from school later that day, Harris was waiting for him in the 600 block of South Karlov Avenue, prosecutors said. She pulled a gun, shot him once in his abdomen and ran away, according to Grissman.

Police recovered Harris' purse and work ID at the scene, as well as a .40-caliber shell casing.

Harris is charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery by discharging a firearm.

According to her public defender, Harris, of suburban Bellwood, is a student at Proviso West High School.

Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil on Thursday set bail at $600,000.

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