2 Uplift High School students charged with triple shooting that left 1 Senn student dead, 2 others injured

CHICAGO — Two students at Uplift High School skipped class on January 31, the day they carried out a triple shooting near another high school, leaving one student dead and two injured, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Kashawn Perdue, 17, and an unnamed 14-year-old are each charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. The younger boy, who is accused of shooting the victims, is also charged with two counts of aggravated battery by discharging a firearm.

“We believe there was an altercation involved in this,” said Antoinette Ursitti, the Chicago Police Department’s Chief of Detectives. She refused to elaborate on the altercation police believe preceded the shooting.

During a detention hearing for Perdue, Assistant State’s Attorney Anne McCord Rodgers said three Senn High School students were walking home from school when Perdue, driving a stolen Honda CRV, cut them off at the mouth of an alley in the 1200 block of West Thorndale.

Surveillance video showed the 14-year-old exiting the rear driver’s side door and walking directly toward the victims with his arm raised, McCord Rodgers alleged. She said he fired at least 15 rounds at the victims, then jumped back into the stolen car with his arm still raised.

Daveon Gibson, 16, was killed. Two other boys, ages 15 and 16, were injured.

McCord Rodgers said two witnesses, including an Amazon driver, saw the gunman open fire and escape in the Honda.

Chicago police begin their investigation of the triple shooting of Senn High School students in the 1200 block of West Thorndale on January 31, 2024 (Citizen App)

Chicago police detectives collected volumes of surveillance footage that allowed them to track the stolen Honda’s movements from the shooting scene to the 4100 block of North Kenmore. There, Perdue and the 14-year-old got out of the car, changed their coats, and walked to Uplift Community High School, where they spoke with two staff members, McCord Rodgers stated.

CPD Supt. Larry Snelling and Ursitti, the chief of detectives, cited the investigating detectives’ painstaking collection of video footage as critical to bringing charges in the case.

McCord Rodgers said “numerous” Uplift staff members identified Perdue and the 14-year-old in “many” surveillance clips.

Investigators executed search warrants at the boys’ house after taking them into custody Tuesday. Detectives seized “many items of the distinguishing clothing” they wore on the day of the shooting, said McCord Rodgers.

Perdue, who was allegedly driving the stolen Honda CRV, was on juvenile probation for possessing a stolen motor vehicle at the time of the shooting, McCord Rodgers said. His probation was terminated unsatisfactorily on Tuesday.

Judge Ankur Srivastava granted a detention petition McCord Rodgers filed during Perdue’s detention hearing. No other details about the 14-year-old or his detention status are available because prosecutors filed his charges in juvenile court.

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