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Can you get shot for looking at someone the wrong way?

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According to a story in last week’s Chicago Tribune, the answer is a definite yes!

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the back this afternoon after encountering a stare-down with three men getting off a South Side bus, Chicago police said.

The article goes on to describe the young man’s report to the police. Officers in the South Chicago police district said the teen was walking on the sidewalk when he exchanged glances with three men getting off a passing bus, police said.

The teen didn’t know the men, but because he was suspicious of them based on their demeanor, he backed away from the men and began running when he was hit by a gunshot in the lower back, police said.

Exchanging glances is a far cry from a stare-down, so which was it? This is pretty important because in many personal safety seminars conducted by police departments they make a point of telling you to make eye contact.

Should you make eye contact or not? More here.

Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

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