Teen Turns Self In After Shooting Outside Elementary School

CHICAGO (STMW) — A 14-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after turning himself into police Tuesday afternoon following the shooting of a 12-year-old boy outside a South Side elementary school.

The boy is charged as a juvenile with one count each of aggravated battery with a firearm and one attempted first-degree murder, police announced Wednesday evening.

The teen turned himself in about 5 p.m. at the station, 7808 S. Halsted St., Gresham District police Capt. Juan Morado said.

The shooting stemmed from an argument that began on Facebook, witnesses and relatives of the 12-year-old victim told the Sun-Times.

But by 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, the alleged online threats became terrifyingly real when a 14-year-old gunman brazenly opened fire outside a South Side elementary school as hundreds of children were dismissed for the day.

Witnesses dived for cover as the teen-age gunman — wearing a brown Hollister brand hoodie — shot his 12-year-old gang rival in the back with a revolver outside Cook Elementary School in the 8100 block of South Bishop, witnesses say.

“We were coming out of the front door of the school when we saw him,” student Rashaya Williamson, 13, said, “Suddenly he started shooting and everyone was screaming and running.”

The victim was in stable condition Tuesday evening at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, police said. After he was shot, he ran back towards the school “but the door was locked and he couldn’t get in,” Williamson said.

Eventually somebody let him in as he cried in agony, while the teen gunman ran away southbound on Bishop, several witnesses said.

Police Cmdr. Eddie Johnson said detectives had spoken with many “really good witnesses,” and had a good idea of the suspect’s identity. He bemoaned the shooter’s “total disregard for human life.”

The victim’s relatives said the accused shooter was a former Cook student. He had fought with the victim previously, they said.

The threats the shooter made on the victim’s Facebook profile were deleted earlier Thursday, the victim’s family say, and they could not be confirmed by the Sun-Times, though the victim’s friends were already using his page to vow bloody revenge Tuesday evening.

One post on the victim’s Facebook said they would “ride back down” on the shooter and his friends.

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  • jasmine

    facebook is out of hand!!!!! people need to stop the madness!!!!

  • mpm2011

    sure…blame facebook…but don’t blame the parents or the guns kids are allowed to have


    What parents, you have a woman that needs a little more spending money from welfare, and a sperm donor.

    • Lars

      HaHaHa, that’s a good one.


    people need to stop saying its the parent fault. you dont know how that parent raised that child. once these kids get around other kids they change. i know i was every step of the way with my child . i raised my child in the church play all the sports took him on family trips talk with him about every thing.when there r no things for our children in there hood and no jobs for them they get caught up. so be careful about the saying ITS THE PARENT FAULT THATS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE.

    • NWA

      Cheryl, it is the parents fault if you are looking for someone to blame. I notice in your post every sentence started or finished with I. what about us or we. African-American woman who attempt to raise children on their own can be looking for problems.


      • Brian

        I totally agree NWA, black women are incapable of controlling the zoo. Young black men are naturally violent and most will end up in prison, or worse.

      • Ree

        It truely is the parents fault, especially when they child is under 18 years old. I knew better than go to school and even do anything “bad” whatsoever b/c I knew when I got home, I’d be in deep trouble……….spanking, etc. And people don’t need to play the single parent stuff b/c my aunt is a single mom of a 13 year old and she knows better than to do anything that may get her in trouble because she is disciplined. She also works full time because she refuses to be on welfare. She believes I’m the one who became pregnant not the tax payers. Take control of your children

  • Deborah Turner

    As parents we have to stay close and talk to our children ,you have to watch them when they are on the computer that mean no face book unless your are there
    to watch and have access to what’s being said. no it’s not face book it’s having
    access to it and the things they say the police can go right back and see it and your life is over for freedom my heart goes out to both family we must have control computer use. God help us all

  • Kenya

    @ Brian. How insane of you to say young black men are naturally violent!! Who are you to predict where they will end up?? I have 3 brothers that are VERY successful and we were raised by our single mom! Thats like saying white boys are naturally thieves and rapists~that is if we are taking a look at history! Parents really have to start parenting again. Stop letting technology and TV raise your children!! As a community we have to start giving a damn again!!

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