Chicago Violence: 15-Year-Old Boy Shot Dead, 9 Wounded
A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed and nine others were shot across Chicago on Aug. 6, coming a day after one of the bloodiest weekends in recent memory in the city.
Derrick Hall, the teen, was shot as he was waiting at a bus stop in the Burnside neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune, citing police.
A gunman approached him at around 11:15 a.m. local time and opened fire, hitting him in the neck and back. Hall was then sent to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:48 a.m. local time, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed to the paper.
According to reports on Aug. 6, after dozens of people were shot over the weekend, leaving 12 dead, there were no arrests made.
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“They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit,” Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said.
He said that gang members tend to shoot into summer crowds of people at night.
“Detectives are working around the clock to investigate the incidents, build a timeline of events and identify any shooter,” he also said, WLS reported. “We’ll also be conducting coordinated enforcement missions to target individuals that are driving the violence in these areas and focus on where we believe retaliatory violence may occur.”
Rahm Emanuel Under Pressure
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was President Obama’s former chief of staff, was slammed by other mayoral candidates.
“What happened over the weekend is absolutely horrific and unacceptable. It’s another tragic weekend in Chicago, and unfortunately, we’ve had too many of them,” former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, who is also running for mayor told the Chicago Tribune. “There is no substitution for providing the police resources we need to close this gap.”
Former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, another candidate, tweeted: “Has wasteful Rahm even seen the South and West side? $10 MILLION would be a tremendous help to residents, especially children that live in poverty from these neighborhoods. Instead, he wants to waste more on an already perfect downtown attraction.”