Extra security and counselors will be available after a teen boy was killed in a shooting near a high school on Chicago’s West Side on Tuesday afternoon, according to Chicago police.
The shooting occurred around 3:16 p.m. in the 5100 block of West Harrison Street in the South Austin neighborhood, near Michele Clark Magnet High School, according to police. A 15-year-old student was shot near the sidewalk in front of the school shortly after school had ended for the day. Kevin Davis was later identified by the medical examiner.
Davis, who had been shot multiple times in the body, was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. Police said they are still in the early stages of their investigation and could not provide any details or circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Cmdr. Andre Parham of the Chicago Police Department described the incident as “heartbreaking and mind-numbing.”
“I’ve been on this job 26 years, and it doesn’t get any easier, and you hate to see anything happen to children, the children in our community,” Parham said. “Something like this happening in this city, in any city, to a child going to a school is completely unacceptable.”
Both the police and the Chicago Police Department promised justice and support to the teen’s family and everyone affected by his tragic death.
“Our goal tomorrow is to make sure that we have the necessary supports to support all of our students and staff and families at the school,” Jadine Chou, CPS Chief of Safety and Security, said Tuesday.
Chou stated that there would be support from the school, community, and police, as well as grief counselors and increased security measures.
“It is not simple. It’s something we hope to avoid at all costs “Chou stated. “Our deepest condolences to Kevin’s family and the school community.”
Chicago police have also asked the public to report any information they may have. So far, no one has been arrested.
“We’re going over everything. We’re reviewing any type of video or statement, and we’re looking for witnesses “Parham stated. “In this investigation, no stone will be left unturned. If you harm one of our children in this city, we will track you down and prosecute you.”
This is the second shooting outside of this South Austin high school in as many months. Three teenagers were also shot nearby in August, according to police.