A 15-year-old boy was killed in a shooting in Bronzeville on Tuesday afternoon, Chicago police said.
Chicago police say the teenager was in the 3300 block of South Prairie Avenue around 3:15 p.m. when someone approached, then pulled out a gun and opened fire.
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The teen was hit in the head and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.
The two suspects were arrested shortly after 5 p.m. on 63rd Street near State Street during a stopover, Chicago police said. They are being questioned.
The victim has been identified as Michael Brown. He was walking home from his school, the Chicago Military Academy, where he was a freshman, at the time of the shooting.
A neighbor who was working from home at the time said he heard at least half a dozen gunshots.
“I just heard like pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. So I texted my neighbor upstairs and he said ‘yes,'” Reginald Jones said.
Police did not release further details about the two men arrested for questioning, only saying they believe they were involved in the teen’s shooting.
Less than an hour after that shooting, a second teenager was shot dead.
Investigators said a 16-year-old boy was standing at 62nd Street and South Greenwood Avenue in Woodlawn when he was shot in the head.
A person interested in that shooting was also detained.
Parents of the Chicago Military Academy said the thought of a student being shot nearby is disturbing.
Venisa McGruder’s daughter knows Brown.
“She said she just had lunch with him before they left school; they all had lunch, talked, had fun as teenagers, were kids, and someone took their lives. It’s his. They just took it,” McGruder said.
Rumors of the shooting and Brown’s death were spreading rapidly in the school community.
“I was shocked. I see him every day, so like you see someone every day, then hear he was shot when he got home from school, it could have been me or my friends. . It’s so sad,” Makayla Sellers said.
McGruder says more needs to be done to protect young people.
“I’m afraid to even let her catch the bus home at this point. So I’m just, I’m really praying for his parents. I’m really upset about this; I’m panicking. I’m scared for my baby at this point,” she said.
The Chicago Military Academy says help is available to students in need.
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