CHICAGO (CBS)— Two teenagers, ages 16 and 17, were fatally shot Wednesday afternoon following a dispute that erupted outside of a high school and spilled just blocks away from Guaranteed Rate Field, near 35th and the Dan Ryan Expressway in the Bronzeville neighborhood.
The victims were taken to the hospital in “very” critical condition, where they both died, police said.READ MORE: LIVE UPDATES: 130 Homes Damaged In Tornado In West, Southwest Suburbs As Dangerous Storms Hit Chicago Area Sunday Night
The shooting started with an altercation that began near the Youth Connection Leadership Academy Wednesday afternoon and continued to 35th Street and LaSalle, where the two victims, possibly students, were shot around 3 p.m., according to Chicago police supt. Eddie Johnson.
The police department is just a couple of blocks away from the scene of the shooting.
Johnson blamed social media for driving feuds that often erupt into violence.READ MORE: With Areas Of Naperville Devastated By Tornado, Neighbors Band Together A Night Later To Help Each Other
“We have to do a better job at policing our own homes and neighborhoods,” Johnson said. “We absolutely have to be serious about holding individuals accountable.”
The shooters fled in a beige-colored Ford Explorer driving northbound.
No one is in custody. Johnson said police were interviewing a “very good eyewitness” and surveillance video was being reviewed.