June 4, 2023 | 13:13
Chilling video captures the moment a group of criminals armed with makeshift machine guns open fire on a crowd in Chicago, killing a 14-year-old boy and wounding three others.
The four armed suspects, including at least one possibly 16, are seen sneaking through an empty lot Wednesday night before jumping from behind a building and firing several rounds down the street, then running off, according to surveillance. images obtained by CWB Chicago.
The barrage of gunfire killed 14-year-old Pierre Johnson and seriously wounded two youths, ages 18 and 19. A 21-year-old woman was also shot in the hand.
The 18-year-old was shot in the back, while the 19-year-old sustained injuries to his chest and leg. None of the injured were identified.
Police said one of the possible gunmen, a 16-year-old boy, opened fire on officers as they responded to the scene and was taken into custody after the deadly shooting on South Wells Avenue around 8:20 p.m., the outlet said.
The teen, who has not been identified, was charged with six counts of attempted first-degree murder of law enforcement officers, three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle, and unlawful use of a weapon by a person under the age of 21, according to police
Police said the gunmen are believed to have used handguns with “Glock switches,” illegal accessories that allow the guns to hold expanded magazines with up to 50 rounds.
Police have not released a motive for the shooting.
According to Chicago Police Department statistics, there have been 887 shootings in the city so far this year through May 28, down 6% from the 937 shootings at the same time last year.
Murders are also down in the Windy City, to 229 so far this year compared to 243 during the same period in 2022, statistics show.
But murders are up 25% and shootings are up 23% in the city over the same period four years ago, according to the data.