CHICAGO, IL – A grim scene unfolded in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon. A shooting near Nicholas Senn High School claimed the life of one teenager and left two others injured, local law enforcement confirmed.
The victims, all students at the high school, were ambushed by a shooter who alighted from a vehicle as they were walking nearby. The victims comprised two 16-year-olds and another minor under 15, as confirmed by fire department officials. The identities of the victims remain undisclosed.
Chicago’s Mayor, Brandon Johnson, expressed profound sorrow over the incident, stating, “Our city is in mourning. The frequency of these tragic shootings is deeply troubling. Our hearts are heavy, and our city is hurting.”
Currently, no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Chicago Police Superintendent, Larry Snelling, provided further details at a press conference on Wednesday evening. He confirmed that the teenagers were walking along Thorndale Avenue when the attack occurred.
While the motive behind the attack remains unclear, officials believe the students were specifically targeted. This incident follows another shooting that occurred just five days earlier, where two teenage boys were shot and killed in broad daylight in the Loop.
Mayor Johnson pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice, stating, “Those responsible for this kind of violence must be stopped. The horror, chaos, and trauma caused by these individuals who show no regard for life will be met with the full force of the law.”
The shooting incident occurred on the same day that the Chicago City Council approved a cease-fire resolution in the Israel-Hamas conflict in the Middle East, a move that was finalized by the mayor’s tie-breaking vote.