Boy, 16, shot and killed outside Grand Red Line station, police say

Update 4:29 p.m. – More information is available in our updated story here.

Update 12:27 p.m. – Video posted by Spot News on Twitter shows the victim was ambushed as he exited the station escalator.

Update 10:15 a.m. — The victim is identified as Vadarrion Knight.


A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed outside the Grand Red Line station in River North early Monday, according to Chicago police and witnesses. The assailant remains at large.

The Grand Red Line station entrance at 7 East Grand in River North. | Google

Police said the gunman shot the teen three times near the southeast entrance to the station and ran from the scene at 2:03 a.m. Monday. The boy suffered two gunshot wounds to his chest and one to his knee, according to CPD. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Witnesses reported hearing about six shots fired, and some saw the shooter running from the scene.

An officer who reviewed CTA surveillance footage said the gunman entered the station’s southwest entrance, crossed the mezzanine, and then waited for the victim to arrive. He said the offender was a Black male who wore a black mask, gray winter cap, gray or black coat, black pants, and gray gym shoes.

Area Three detectives are leading up the investigation.

The victim is the fourth person shot and the first murder victim in River North this year. By comparison, the neighborhood had one shooting at this point last year and none in the first two months of 2020 and 2019, according to records maintained by CWBChicago.

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