Two girls were shot Friday afternoon near a school in the Calumet Heights neighborhood on the Far South Side.
Raekwon Hudson, 18, and two juvenile males, ages 16 and 17, were each charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, all felonies, Chicago police said in a release. “They are very best place for our children to be, both during school and during after school programs”, he added.
Shortly after, police stopped a vehicle near the school they thought was linked to the shooting and questioned the occupants. The 13-year-old was shot in the hand and the 7-year-old was shot in the thigh, Langford says. “These little kids out here are out here trying to have an end-of-the-year picnic and they get shot?” Students at the school were making water balloons at a picnic to celebrate the end of the school year.
The girls were in serious condition and being treated at a hospital, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.
Police say the victims were unintended targets, and that the shooter or shooters were inside a vehicle.
Police said the three were found inside a stolen auto and taken into custody.
“This makes me sick”, Johnson told the television station. Chicago Public Schools are still in session.
The gunfire erupted after several former students tried to attend the elementary school picnic but were turned away, according to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “And that is a safe sanctuary for our children”.
“I’ve known the mayor for 30 years, and I have never seen him so angry”, Claypool said.