Chicago shooting: Mother speaks out after 13-year-old shot in head along 21st Place in Heart of Chicago; 2 gang members charged

Chicago shooting: Mother speaks out after 13-year-old shot in head along 21st Place in Heart of Chicago; 2 gang members charged

CHICAGO (TOC) — Chicago police introduced fees in opposition to two folks Friday morning after a 13-year-old boy was shot whereas celebrating his grandmother’s birthday Tuesday on town’s Southwest Facet.

Isaiah Renteria, 22, and Pedro Molina, 23, have been charged with 5 felony counts of tried first-degree homicide, police stated.

The boy shot was left in “extraordinarily” essential situation after being shot within the head throughout an obvious “random act of violence,” based on police.

The teenager’s mom spoke to ABC7 Chicago Friday and stated her son continues to be recovering. She stated that he has opened his eyes and is responding to the voices of relations who stay by his bedside.

“He is, properly, responsive. He is aware of who all people is and hopefully he shall be with us,” she stated.

The boy and his uncle have been returning to a household occasion within the 1800-block of West twenty first Place within the metropolis’s Coronary heart of Chicago neighborhood once they noticed three vehicles circling the world, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan instructed reporters at police headquarters Wednesday.

Detectives stated the difficulty started round 10:30 p.m., shortly after the elementary faculty pupil and his 21-year-old uncle walked again to the occasion after going to a close-by retailer to purchase a recreation and seen the automobiles.

Two folks then fired photographs from a close-by alley, putting the boy.

“I believed they have been fireworks. The following factor I do know, they began screaming my son’s identify,” the teenager’s mom recalled.

The boy’s uncle, who’s a conceal carry license holder, returned hearth however would not assume he shot anybody.

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“I seen my son on the ground. He was nonetheless attempting to stand up and holding his head,” the boy’s mom added.

The boy was hit in the precise facet of the pinnacle and was rushed to Stroger Hospital, police stated. He remained in “extraordinarily” essential situation, Deenihan stated.

“It seems like these dangerous guys have been on the lookout for somebody to shoot and stumbled on these folks and did so,” Deenihan added.

Officers tried stopping one of many vehicles that was seen circling the block however it “fled at a excessive charge of pace,” Deenihan stated. A police helicopter tracked it to Hinsdale, the place native law enforcement officials stopped it and took three folks into custody.

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“That is simply extraordinarily tragic,” Deenihan stated. “The folks now we have in custody are gang members. We imagine that they have been simply capturing at this particular person as a result of they did not acknowledge him from the neighborhood.”

Investigators say neither the boy nor his uncle have any gang affiliations.

The Solar-Instances Media report contributed to this publish.

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