Six young men and children were among those injured in a firefight in Chicago within hours of Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday morning, including one that killed a 15-year-old right after he left school.
The first shooting occurred around noon on Tuesday when a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were shot in the 6500 neighborhood of South Polina. Police say the two were walking down the street when someone in a black car fired in their direction.
The 16-year-old was shot in the chin and the 17-year-old was shot in the thigh, but both are listed in good condition at an area hospital. The car fled the scene and police said no one was in custody as of Wednesday morning.
About an hour later, police said a 15-year-old high school student was shot dead in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood.
According to authorities, the student was walking into block 800 of North Greenview at about 1:14 p.m. when an unidentified suspect approached him, pulled out his weapon, opened fire, striking him in the chest and left arm.
Police said the young man was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Cook County Medical Examiner has identified the teen as 15-year-old Caleb Westbrook.
According to officials, Westbrook was a student at Rauner College Prep, located in the city’s Westown neighborhood.
“Unfortunately, we learned that this afternoon after Ronner College Prep class 9y A Noble Scholes spokesperson said in a statement that the class’s student, Caleb Westbrook, was shot multiple times near Noble Square. Caleb was 9y The class with a lot of personality. He loved to tell a joke and always brought positivity and light to his colleagues and teachers. Caleb has impacted the lives of so many in his time at Ronner.”
No suspects have been detained, and police said they are continuing to investigate the shooting.
Shortly after 4 p.m., a 16-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl were shot as they walked into the 12200 block in South Loe by a person in a dark-colored car, authorities said.
The teenager was shot in the right arm and the 11-year-old sustained a back wound. Police said both were in good condition on Tuesday.
At approximately 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday, a 15-year-old was shot by a bullet while riding in a car at Block 4900 of South Prairie. The teen told police he heard gunshots and felt pain before finding out he had been shot in the upper right leg.
Police said the teen was in good condition and no one in custody was linked to the shooting.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to travel to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for a mayor’s conference that sometimes focuses on anti-violence strategies. There, she said she plans to request additional federal support.
“We have to look at the root causes of the violence,” she said during an unrelated news conference on Tuesday. “What motivates these young men so often to take up arms and resolve, in many cases, a very petty conflict with the trigger?”