Chicago man charged in shooting death of teacher

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CHICAGO (AP) _ A Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a public school teacher who was shot during an exchange of gunfire between suspected gang members.

The Chicago Police Department says 23-year-old Dominique Hodrick was charged Wednesday and will appear in bond court Thursday.

The May 29 shooting in the South Side Chatham neighborhood killed 58-year-old Betty Howard, who taught at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep and worked with special needs students.

During the shooting she was inside a real estate office where she worked a second job.

Family members say a bullet came through a wall and struck her in the head.

Gunfire wounded two other people.

Hodrick is also charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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