A new video shows the horrifying moment when a group of people armed with machine gun-style weapons fired multiple shots in a Chicago neighborhood, killing a 14-year-old boy and injuring three other victims.
Four suspects were seen in the security footage CWB Chicago They surreptitiously walked across a vacant lot on Wednesday night, then circled a building and fired their guns at a crowd.
14-year-old Pierre Johnson, who was staying with a family friend in the area to avoid violence in his neighborhood, was killed in the shooting.
An 18-year-old man was shot in the back and a 19-year-old man in the chest and leg. Both are in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center. A 21-year-old woman was shot in the hand. The injured victims were not identified.
New video shows horrifying moment a machine-gun-armed group fired multiple shots in a Chicago neighborhood, killing a 14-year-old and wounding three others
Security footage showed four suspects secretly walking across a vacant lot before circling a building and hurling their guns at a crowd on Wednesday night
Video showed four suspects in hoodies sprinting across the lawn to the Wells Street side at approximately 8:20 p.m. on June 1.
They quickly ducked behind a bush as a vehicle rolled by on the road, then got up and ran onto the sidewalk while at least two of the subjects fired their guns at people not seen in the video.
The guns used in the shooting are believed to be handguns with “Glock switches,” which police say were illegal attachments that allowed the guns to accept extended magazines of up to 50 rounds. The devices are prohibited by state and federal laws.
As police were responding to the crime scene in Block 4200 of South Wells, a 16-year-old boy reportedly opened fire on the officers and they fired back.
14-year-old Pierre Johnson was killed in the shooting and two young men, aged 18 and 19, were critically injured. A 21-year-old woman was shot in the hand. The injured have not been identified
Johnson, the 14-year-old teenager who was killed in the shooting, lived with his family friend Chris Cozzi and their children over the weekends, trying to escape the violence in his neighborhood
As police were responding to the crime scene in Block 4200 of South Wells, a 16-year-old boy reportedly opened fire on the officers and they fired back
The teenager had a gunshot wound to the leg, police said, but it was not immediately clear if he was shot by police or if he had been shot in the earlier shooting
“The armed perpetrator then fired his firearm in the direction of the officers,” the police said in a statement. “An officer returned fire, the perpetrator fled and was taken into custody a short time later.” The perpetrator was found to have had a gunshot wound to the leg.”
The teenager had a gunshot wound to the leg, police said, but it was not immediately clear if he was shot by police or if he had been shot in the earlier shooting.
The incident is being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability and the two officers involved have been assigned routine administrative duties.
The teenager, who police believe may have been one of the gunmen, was arrested and charged with six counts of attempted first-degree murder of peace officials, three counts of aggravated firing of a firearm at an occupied vehicle and unlawful use of a weapon by a police officer person under 21
Police did not disclose a motive for the shooting. Two guns were found at the scene and police seized them.
Pierre Johnson, the 14-year-old teenager who was killed in the shooting, lived with family friend Chris Cozzi and their children over the weekends and tried to escape the violence in his neighborhood. ABC7 Chicago reported.
“He had a really good heart. He would have done great things. “He would have been a great man,” Cozzi said.
As of May 28, crime is up 49 percent from the same period in 2022. This year ended with a 41 percent increase in crime compared to 2021, according to the city’s own figures
“I think it takes a village everywhere in Chicago to raise kids,” she continued. “It wasn’t that Pierre didn’t feel enough love in the neighborhood where he lived with his great-grandmother, but that there was too much violence in that neighborhood, so he came to live with us.”
The teenager was a little brother on the Charros baseball team and always found happiness on the baseball field, his loved ones said.
“I think he just wanted to be happy and feel safe and loved,” Cozzi said. “He felt loved, but he didn’t feel safe.”
According to the Chicago Police Department, the shooting is just one of 887 shootings in the city this year (as of May 28 this year), although the number is down 6 percent from the 937 shootings in the same period last year statistics.