Teen dead, 2 injured in Woodlawn shooting

September 15, 2010 2:36:06 PM PDT
A 14-year-old boy is dead, a 12-year-old is hospitalized and a man was slightly hurt after a shooting in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side.

The 12-year-old is in serious condition at Comer Children's Hospital. He was shot in the left ear and right calf in the drive-by shooting.

Chicago Public Schools student Christopher Travis, 14, was fatally shot in the head. Christopher went to Emmett Till Math and Science Academy with the 12-year-old. Christopher, of the 6400-block of South Evans, was pronounced dead at 7:15 p.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the medical examiner's office.

A 19-year-old man, Timothy Jackson, was shot in the knee as well. He is expected to be OK and has been treated and released from Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center. Police say he's in a gang, but say they are still investigating what prompted the shooting.

Police say all three were standing on the street around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday when shots were fired from a tan car with three men inside. That car was traveling eastbound on 65th at Drexell. It is unclear if any of the victims were targeted.

"I plan on going to the morgue so I can identify my son 'cause I never got a chance to view the body at the hospital yesterday," said Loretta Lincoln, victim's mother.

Lincoln said she is overwhelmed and hasn't slept since she got the news that her son was killed.

"All I know is that someone came to my house and told me my son was laid out in the street," Lincoln said. "They say they were talking to some girls, and the car came up the street and got to the stop sign and shot three of them. And my son got shot in the back of the head."

Lincoln says her son wasn't in a gang. She says he was a good student. Lincoln went to Christopher's school Wednesday morning to tell administrators her other kids would need some time off. Andrew Holmes, director of No Guns No Violence, held Lincoln's hand on the way in.

"From my understanding going door to door, this is not the first time these individuals have pulled a trigger to shoot at somebody," Holmes said. "But this time they took a life."

Holmes said he's taking the shooting personally, so he's knocking on doors to get the community to talk.

"I expressed to all of them, you know their names, you know where they're at, you know where they rest their head at, where they stay at. Give us the information," Holmes said.

"All I can say is, please come forward. You don't know what I'm going through," Lincoln said. "This violence needs to stop."

The shooters were reportedly driving a 90s model light tan four-door car. Activists are hoping nearby surveillance cameras might have caught the shooting and might help lead to arrests.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.


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