Chicago – Two suspects have been arrested after shooting two students aged 16 and 15 who were returning home from school in the state’s South Side neighborhood, Bronzeville, almost an hour apart, reported the county officials.
“A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed while walking home from school Tuesday in Bronzeville, and less than an hour later a 16-year-old boy was fatally shot near the @UChicago campus”, WBBM Newsradio Tweeted.
At around 3:15 pm, the suspects approached and killed the 15-year-old after shooting him straight in the head multiple times, FOX 32 reported the incident.
After the shooting, the teenage boy was immediately driven to Comer Children’s Hospital. However, he couldn’t survive his injuries.
“Chicago police are investigating after a 15-year-old boy was shot twice in the head around 3:15 PM while walking home from school in Bronzeville.
He was taking to Comer Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police are still on-scene near 33rd and Prairie”, Kasey Chronis Tweeted.
The Chicago police have apprehended two suspects several miles away during the case investigation, said officials, as per the reports.
The same day, at around 4:10 pm, almost an hour later, another Chicago boy who was also a teenager got killed the same way while he was on his way home in the South Greenwood Avenue, FOX 32 reported the shooting incident.
According to the officials, somebody walked towards him and shot him in the head, and fled the scene.
The 16-year-old boy was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
A friend of the deceased teenager said, “ he was a ‘very spirited kid’ who wasn’t involved in gangs and had recently moved to Chicago from Minnesota, against the advice from his family”.
“I kept telling them that it was gonna be OK,” the woman said, who gave the information on the condition of anonymity. “He came over here to spread his wings”.
A woman who reportedly works at a cafe in the same neighborhood called the area “friendly,” however, she added that the “gun violence was ‘just getting out of hand and something has to give’”.
“And kids can’t walk home from school because people are acting crazy,” the woman further added.
“Living in Chicago, you’re going to fear for your safety regardless whether it’s going to work or coming home from the store,” said Lena to the news outlets. “You can’t even go to a gas station to get gas or pick your child up without worrying about that. So I just try to stay alert and watch my surroundings while I’m outside.” The victims are yet to identify as the officials are investigating the incidents separately, says a report.