Chicago shooting: Teen ID'd after killed while leaving Ashburn party; woman also injured, police say

ByChristian Piekos and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Monday, February 27, 2023
Chicago shooting: 16-year-old boy fatally shot, woman injured while leaving Ashburn party, CPD says
A shooting in Chicago's Ashburn neighborhood left a teen dead and a woman injured in the 3400 block of West 79th Street, the police department said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A teen boy was killed and a woman was injured in a Saturday night shooting on Chicago's Southwest Side, police said.

The shooting happened just before 10:30 p.m. in the Ashburn neighborhood's 3400 block of West 79th Street, police said. The victims, a 16-year-old boy and a 36-year-old woman, were standing in an alley after leaving a party when someone fired shots.

The teen, shot in the head, was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The woman, shot in the leg, was transported to the same hospital in good condition.

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Neighbors said they heard dozens of gunshots and are concerned about their safety with the shooter still not in custody.

"It's very hard because we worry about my kids and other peoples' kids everyday," said Bridgett Watson, who heard the shooting.

She said she fears for her family's safety.

"I heard helicopters around, I'm like, 'what's going on?'" I stepped on my porch and there was a whole bunch of stuff going on down there," the nervous mother said.

Alderman Derrick Curtis, 18th Ward, said there was an illegal "pop-up" party at an event center on 79th Street before shots were fired.

"Once we identify the owners or the license holder of this establishment, we'll deal with them then," Curtis said.

The businesses' front windows are now boarded up after being shattered Saturday night.

"If you get a whole lot of people in one place in one time, sooner or later something is going to happen," Curtis said.

The teen has been identified as Darquan T. Smith, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

"Just stop, it's nonsense. What are you doing it for," Watson said.

ABC7 reached out to the business that allegedly held the party before the deadly shooting, but we have not yet heard back.

There is no one in custody and Area One detectives are investigating.

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