Chicago students and residents are stunned after two teenagers were shot and killed in a brazen attack outside a Loop high school.
Police say the two students were killed as they were leaving Innovations High School, located near a busy CTA stop at Washington and Wabash.
Monterio Williams, 17, and Robert Boston, 16, were pronounced dead shortly before 1 p.m. following the shooting near 18 N. Wabash Ave., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
According to Chicago police, a group of gunmen jumped out of vehicles and opened fire as several students left Innovations High School just before noon, hitting Williams and Boston.
Bullet holes are still visible in a CTA elevator near the scene and many people had to hide for cover as the brazen nature of the attack angered residents.
“The balls are bouncing,” one woman said. “If you shoot randomly, it could cost someone their life.”
Alexis Garcia, a student at another nearby school, said the attack has been the focus of discussion in her class since it happened.
“It’s so sad to hear that this is happening in such a public place,” she said.
A witness present at the scene reported hearing several gunshots followed by “screaming” and crying.
Chicago police are investigating after two people were killed in a shooting Friday afternoon in the city’s Loop.
The victims were initially transported to area hospitals in critical condition, but were later pronounced dead from their injuries. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the deaths.
A woman who was walking in the area at the time had her coat grazed by a bullet but was not injured, police said.
Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson said the Mayor’s Office of Community Safety activated its “victim services support teams to assist the victims’ families and fellow students.”
“Today, outside of Innovations High School, two students were tragically shot and killed as classes began to end for the weekend. I send my deepest condolences to their families and the Innovations High School community as they grapple with unimaginable pain and trauma caused by this senseless act of violence,” Johnson said in a statement.
Community activist Andrew Holmes said he spoke with the victims’ families who shed light on what the boys had planned for the future.
“The 17 year old was considering going to a trade school to study painting. The other 16 year old just started here as a freshman. Close to his mother. They are both hurting deeply” , Holmes said.
Police said they believed the shooting was an “isolated incident” and said there was no ongoing danger in the area.
They urged anyone with information to contact Area Three detectives at (312) 744-8261.