Witness recounts times teen was shot and killed on Chicago’s West Side – NBC Chicago

Chicago police were scouring the city’s Homan Square neighborhood on Friday for information about the shooting of a 14-year-old boy who had been killed the day before. ‘

The teenager, identified as Maleek Smith, was found with a gunshot wound to the head around 2:05 p.m. Thursday in the 600 block of South Lawndale Avenue, Chicago police said.

One woman, LaToya Freeman, told NBC 5 she was nearby when gunshots rang out.

“He was coming down the alley right there,” Freeman said. “I was actually standing right there. They passed me and grabbed him. The bullets went through, and they grabbed him, and they killed him.”

Maleek was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting.

“Our children are surviving the pandemic and this virus, which is very deadly, but they are not surviving this gun violence on the streets of Chicago,” Freeman said.

Crisis worker Andrew Holmes spoke to the teenager’s family shortly after learning of his death.

“They’re looking for a graduation that won’t be there, a prom that won’t be there…all in the hands of an individual who wanted to unload his gun and get away,” he said.

Holmes said police were looking for a gray vehicle that was seen leaving the scene after the shooting.

As residents grapple with yet another shooting, they remain unnerved.

“It’s a good neighborhood,” said one resident. “I don’t know why it happened, but condolences to his family”,

“It made me feel bad…because he’s very young,” Freeman said. “He didn’t live his life, and I don’t know what he did to make them do this to him, but he was a baby. They didn’t have to do it like that.”

No one was in custody on Friday as police continued to search for the person responsible and try to determine the motive for the murder.

NBC Chicago

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