Two teenagers, including one wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet, charged with shooting death
Two teenagers, ages 15 and 16, have been arrested for allegedly shooting dead 15-year-old high school freshman Michael Brown in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
Police say the 16-year-old, who was wearing an electronic ankle monitoring bracelet, exited a vehicle and fired several shots at Brown as he walked down the sidewalk.
Police were able to locate the car and make arrests.
It is unclear why the shooter wore the ankle bracelet or what relationship they may have had with the murdered teenager.
The 16-year-old will be charged as an adult with first-degree murder and carjacking with a firearm. Chicago Grandstand reported, while the 15-year-old will be charged with one count of possession of a stolen vehicle.
The victim’s mother called her son “generous”, adding that he gave people in need clothes that no longer fit him. She said he developed “behavioral issues” that he was “trying to overcome” after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2012, but did not specify what behavioral issues he faced.
An estimated 58 people have been killed in Chicago in 2022 so far, according to the Grandstand.
Last year, the city reported its highest number of murders in 25 years with more than 797 recorded homicides, according to police data reported by NBC. Chicago reported more homicides in 2021 than any other city in the United States
That same year, the city recorded its highest death toll by gunshots on record. In 2021, the city experienced 1,002 firearm-related homicides in Cook County, which includes Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, the county medical examiner’s office said in a news release.
The death toll was 121 more than the previous record set in 2020 and nearly twice as many as in 2019, according to ABC News.
Since November 2015, private funders have invested more than $200 million in community-based violence reduction efforts, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Research from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University has shown that these programs yield positive results, but need to be expanded to stem violence across the city.
“Chicago’s children are all our children, but we will not be a city of lawlessness,” Police Commissioner Brown said, commenting on the aforementioned murder. “Our city should be shaken because our future is at stake.”
Newsweek contacted the Chicago Police Department for comment.