CHICAGO (CBS) — A 17-year-old was fatally shot while riding as a passenger in a vehicle in the Old Irving Park area on Monday night.
According to officials, the victim was identified as Emanuel Gallegos.
Chicago police said Gallegos was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling westbound on Addison Street. Just before 6 p.m., police said a Hispanic male standing on a corner with two other males fired shots, striking Gallegos in the neck.
The 17-year-old was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
Crisis responder Andrew Holmes described Gallegos as a straight “A” student who has never had any involvement with police.
No one is in custody and this incident is still under investigation.
Chicago Public Schools principal Kelly Mest sent a letter to the Northside College Prep school community regarding the loss of Gallegos.
“Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time,” she stated. “This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns and questions for the entire school, especially our students.”
The Chicago Public Schools’ Crisis Management Unit will be at Northside College Prep Tuesday to provide grief counseling and support to students and staff members.
A “GoFundMe” page has been created to help support Gallegos’ family. The page has already raised over $7,500.