CHICAGO (CBS) — A 14-year-old boy stands charged with the murder of a boy three years older, who was gunned down while walking with friends in the Oakland neighborhood earlier this week.
Police are not identifying the boy, even though he has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm.
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The 17-year-old victim, DeJuan Jackson, was shot once in the head just after 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 4000 block of South Lake Park Avenue, police said.
Jackson had been walking with friends to his grandmother’s house when the shooter opened fire, authorities said in published reports.
He was taken to Stroger Hospital of Cook County, where he was pronounced dead at 7:58 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
On Saturday morning, charges were approved against the 14-year-old, police said.
It is unclear if the 14-year-old is a gang member.
Police and Jackson’s family say the victim was not involved in a gang, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.