15-year-old shot to death in Chicago

July 22, 2008 2:31:19 PM PDT
A 15-year-old boy is the latest victim of gun violence in Chicago. Percy Rounds was shot and killed while sitting on the porch of his home on Monday night. Around 10 p.m., Rounds and his cousin were standing on the back porch of their home in the West Pullman neighborhood. Police say two gunmen came out of a gangway and started shooting at them. Rounds was hit in the head and his cousin -- 17-year-old Adam Spaulding -- was hit in the leg.

Chicago police are looking for suspects.

The shooting happened in the 100 block of West 116th Street on the city's far South Side.

Chicago Police Support mentioned the incident as just the latest tragedy in Chicago. While police continue to investigate, people in the neighborhood and the victim's family are mourning his loss. They talk about the young man as going to school every day. Rounds was about to graduate eighth grade in the next couple of weeks and was looking forward to go to high school in the fall. Those future plans have been dashed and now his family is planning his funeral.

"I would like to see the police walking the beat like it was when I was a kid. Walk the beat...We gave them a lot of respect," said Tommie Rodgers, neighbor.

"He was a good kid. He wasn't the street type at all. You would see him going to school, and he would come back and was in the house and that was it," said David Rodgers, neighbor.

Percy Rounds had cleaned the kitchen after dinner according to his aunt, and he had just gone to the back porch with his cousin.

"I heard it. My nephew Adam opened up the door, and he fell in the kitchen. He said don't worry about me. Get Percy," said Paula Brothers, aunt.

"When you killed my nephew, you hurt his family. You hurt all of us," said Elonda Jackson, aunt.

The shooting comes as residents say there has been a sudden increase in gunshots.

Elaine Brown has a bullet lodged in her cheek. Brown was in her home just down the block on Sunday night when she was struck.

"I was laying on the couch. I heard some shots. I went towards the window. Before I could get to the window, the bullet hit me in the face," said Brown.

"If it could happen to that child...that could be my child. That could be anybody's child right now on the block because this has been going on for three days," said Frances Charleston, Block Club President.

Percy's cousin Adam, who was shot in the leg, is in fair condition at the hospital. ABC7 understands that he is going to remain in the hospital at least for another day.

Police have little to say about the investigation. If you have any information, please call police.


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