Two teenagers shot dead, two wounded outside school in Chicago
No information on possible suspects is confirmed as of yet and an investigation into the shooting is still ongoing.
CBS News confirmed on Friday, citing Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, the death of two teenagers near Benito Juarez High School in Chicago’s Lower West Side neighborhood.
A 14-year-old and a 15-year-old, both males, were shot in the head and died as a result. However, two other victims, a 15-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, were injured and said to be in good condition at Stroger Hospital.
So far, no information on possible suspects has been released, and an investigation into the shooting is still ongoing. It remains unknown as well if the students were enrolled in the high school.
"Any speculation would just be inappropriate," Brown said.
In response, Pedro Martinez, the head of Chicago Public Schools, stated, "All of us are trying to find answers," adding: "I'm very concerned that this happened on our grounds."
As scared parents arrived at the school around 2 pm waiting to see their children after the incident, one parent, Emanuel Orozco, expressed, "It's scary to find out that your daughter is at one of those schools that just got shot."
This marks the third gun violence incident to occur while students were being dismissed from class at a Chicago public high school this year. It even witnessed a series of shootings this past year, such as one that left six killed and 24 injured in a July 4 parade mass shooting in Illinois and another leaving two dead and 7 wounded in a shooting in Chicago's downtown in May.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker posted in a tweet that his “heart goes out to the family and friends” of the victims.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of those who lost their lives today and I pray for a full recovery for those injured. MK and I are thinking of the entire Benito Juarez community. We must put an end to these unspeakable tragedies and rid our communities of gun violence— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) December 17, 2022