Two teenagers, 15 and 16, shot dead in separate incidents less than an hour apart in Chicago’s South End

Two teenagers were shot in the head in separate incidents that took place less than an hour apart in Chicago’s South End.

A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in the head at the 3300 block of South Prairie Avenue, Douglas, around 3.15pm on Tuesday as he was walking home from school.

Less than an hour later, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the head at the 6200 block of South Greenwood Avenue by an offender in a separate incident.

It comes after Chicago had a violent year in 2021 with 3,561 reported shootings and more homicides recorded than any other city, 795.

In the first incident, the 15-year-old was approached near the sidewalk by an unknown man, who pulled out a handgun and fired shots, police said.

The 15-year-old was approached near the sidewalk by an unknown man, who pulled out a handgun and fired shots, police say

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head at the 3300 block of South Prairie Avenue, Douglas, around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday while walking home from school.

The victim was rushed to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead.

Two persons of interest are being interviewed by area detectives, according to the Chicago Police Department.

A woman, identified as Lena, who works at a cafe near where the 15-year-old boy was shot, said the gun violence was “just getting out of control and something had to give,” Fox 32 reported.

“Living in Chicago, you’re going to fear for your safety whether you’re going to work or coming home from the store,” she told the publication.

Less than an hour later, at approximately 4:08 p.m., a 16-year-old boy was shot in the head at the 6200 block of South Greenwood Avenue by an offender who fled to a residence near the same block.

The victim was taken to University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition, but was later pronounced dead.

A person of interest has been taken into custody and detectives are continuing their investigation.

Speaking about the shooting of the 16-year-old boy, his 20-year-old friend told Fox 32 the boy was alert when he was put in the ambulance.

She described him as “protective” and a “very fiery kid” who was not involved in gangs, and said he had recently moved to Chicago from Minnesota.

It comes after Chicago had a violent year in 2021 with 3,561 reported shootings and more homicides recorded than any other city, 795

It comes after Chicago had a violent year in 2021 with 3,561 reported shootings and more homicides recorded than any other city, 795

The two separate shootings come less than a month after two 14-year-old boys were fatally shot in separate incidents in Chicago.

Javion Ivy and James Sweezer, both 14, were shot in separate incidents on Wednesday in the city’s west and east wards respectively.

Ivy and Sweezer were taken to local hospitals where they were pronounced dead.

The shootings of Ivy and Sweezer are still under investigation and no one is in custody at this time, Chicago police have confirmed.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, who seized 284 firearms this year, called the deaths of two 14-year-old boys “unacceptable” as violent crime in the city continues to soar.

Speaking about the shooting last month, Brown told a news conference, “I think about these two young boys and I think about their potential.”

“These are two of Chicago’s kids deprived of their future, and that’s unacceptable.”

It comes after Chicago had a violent year in 2021 with 3,561 reported shootings and more homicides recorded than any other city, 795.

The first January 12 shooting took place around 4 p.m. at the 2200 block of West Adams Street, where Ivy was standing on the sidewalk.

He was shot twice in the chest and later taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Chicago police.

Witnesses at the scene reported hearing gunshots and seeing two people running away, one of them taking something from Ivy’s backpack before fleeing.

The other incident happened around 8:45 p.m. the same day in Englewood where Sweezer was walking with his friend on the sidewalk of the 1400 block of West 73rd Street.

After a brutal year of crime for the city, Mayor Lori Lightfoot (pictured) has since set a goal of reducing the rate for 2021

After a brutal year of crime for the city, Mayor Lori Lightfoot (pictured) has since set a goal of reducing the rate for 2021

They were driving past a dark-colored sedan when someone in the vehicle opened fire and shot Sweezer in the head.

He was then taken to Comer Children’s Hospital where he was also pronounced dead.

It comes after Chicago woman Derricka Patrick was shot in a parked car in the same part of town where Sweezer was killed Wednesday night.

Patrick had been approached by two armed men around 7 p.m. in the 7400 block of Avenue Sud Vincennes.

She was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

After a violent year for the city, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has set a goal to cut the rate for 2021.

Her goals came after the Democrat proposed cutting $80 million from the Chicago Police Department’s budget in 2020 during “police defunding” protests.

The proposal was later cut and 3.3% of the budget – or $59 million – was cut and Lightfoot has since spoken out against the “defund” move.

“Nobody can be comfortable with the way we ended the year, with the number of homicides we had, more than New York or LA, two cities that have multiples of the size of our populations” , Lightfoot said, according to the Chicago Sun. Time.

“They’ve all had a raise, but our numbers are staggering compared to that.”

It also comes after Chicago saw an increase in theft-related incidents with the trend of smash and grab crimes sweeping the city.

She planned to introduce measures such as putting up anklets for violent offenders in the city as well as trying to control illegal drug trafficking.

Additionally, Lightfoot wanted to increase positive interaction between police and community members in an effort to rebuild trust between them.

Brown also noted that he planned to increase the number of detectives by a few hundred to crack down on urban crime.

“You think we were just going to let you get away with killing people?” You think you’re just going to hijack people in this town and get away with it? Crush and grab our hard-working retailers and companies to put products on their shelves? ” he said.

‘We come after you. We’re going to hold you accountable and we’re going to keep you in jail.

Chicago ended 2021 as the most violent year in a quarter century, with the beleaguered city recording nearly 800 homicides.

According to police department statistics, there were 795 homicides in 2021 alone – 25 more than in 2020, 299 more than in 2019 and the most since 1996.

The city also saw 3,561 shootings in 2021, more than 300 from last year and 1,415 more than in 2019.

With 2021 now in the rearview mirror, other cities across the country have also seen increases in homicides.

Like previous years, Chicago ended 2021 with more homicides than any other city in the country, including New York and Los Angeles, both of which had recorded at least 300 fewer homicides than Chicago for the year at the end of December, according to data from the police of these cities. .

Overall crime in 2022 increased by 29% with an increase of 51% for theft, 44% for robbery and 18% for criminal sexual assault.

There was also a 31% decrease in murders and a 2% decrease in shootings.