CHICAGO — Gunmen opened fire on a group of Senn High School students in a “targeted” attack that left one boy dead and two others injured, Chicago Police Supt. Larry Snelling said Wednesday evening.
The students were walking in the 1200 block of West Thorndale when a vehicle stopped nearby and “several” people got out of it with guns around 3:37 p.m. Wednesday, Snelling said. They opened fire on the students and then sped away in the vehicle.
While the attack is similar to a shooting that left two students dead outside Innovations High School in the Loop last week, Snelling said there is no evidence that the two shootings are connected.
A 16-year-old boy died from a gunshot wound to his chest, police said. Another 16-year-old boy is in grave condition with gunshot wounds to his jaw, chest, and arm. The third boy, a 15-year-old, is in good condition with a gunshot wound to his right leg, according to CPD.
This evening, the Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the slain teen as Daveon Gibson of the 1400 block of North Talman.
Victim services counselors will be at Senn to assist anyone in need, Snelling said.
“This kind of violence, it has to end,” Mayor Brandon Johnson said at the press briefing. “The loss of life is horrific under all circumstances, but it is especially harsh when our young people are targeted.”
“The harm and the chaos, and the trauma that’s being caused by individuals who do not value life—the full force of government will be used to bring those individuals to justice,” the mayor vowed.
Johnson addressed the gunmen directly: “Whatever conflict, whatever pain you are expressing, this is not the way to do it.”
“The loss of life is tearing at the fabric of this city, and we need everyone—everyone — to work with our community members, with law enforcement, to put an end to this senseless violence,” Johnson added.