‘The random shooting of this 7-year-old is unacceptable’

‘The random shooting of this 7-year-old is unacceptable’

A 7-year-old boy was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon as he walked to a neighbor’s home on the city’s Near West Side.

The boy, whose identity was not immediately released, was shot in the chest as he walked from his family’s home in an apartment complex in the 2300 block of West Jackson Boulevard to the sidewalk around 3 p.m., Chicago Police Capt. Larry Snelling said. to nearby reporters. Stroger Hospital.

Officers arriving on the scene found the injured boy and rushed him to Stroger in their police car, where he was pronounced dead, Snelling said.

Outside the hospital, Snelling was joined by Mayor Brandon Johnson, who denounced summer violence that appears to have increased due to the recent rise in temperatures.

“I can tell you that the gun used to kill this baby was illegal and has no business being on the streets of Chicago, or anywhere else,” Johnson said. “This is about our response to policies that have created conditions that have made it impossible for families to feel comfortable raising their children in Chicago.”

“This is a time where I can now tell you about the violence that is happening in the city because the parents of the seven-year-old must be intolerable – intolerable and unacceptable to everyone in our city,” Snelling said. “The indiscriminate shooting of this 7-year-old is unacceptable.”

Snelling said he did not believe the child was targeted, but did not provide a motive because the investigation was just beginning.

Before the news conference, residents of the complex where the boy was shot told reporters that shootings in the area can sometimes feel random and that they have become increasingly fearful for their safety.

“Every time they see their targets, they shoot,” Sequinna Coakley said. “Your grandmother could be here, your mother could be here. Your father, sister, brother, it doesn’t matter.”

Another neighbor, Ethiopia Jackson, said she had heard gunshots at the Oakley Square apartment complex in recent days. Neighbors reported a shooting in the same block on June 10 that left an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Police officers and sergeants were able to view video footage at the complex’s entrance Tuesday afternoon and walked in and out of an east-facing entrance to the apartment complex Tuesday afternoon, where the crime tape blocked off large portions of the parking lot and sidewalk.