Chicago crime has claimed another life – this time the grandson of a U.S. congressman.
Jovan Wilson, 15, was shot and killed Friday night.
His grandfather is Democratic Rep. Danny Davis, who represents the 7th Congressional district and who was previously a Chicago alderman.
At least two assailants entered Wilson’s Englewood neighborhood home before firing a bullet into Wilson’s head. Local police say the boy was shot after an argument that accelerated beyond control.
“This stems from a dispute over shoes, basketball shoes,” said Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, who added that the incident was not a home invasion as initially reported and that the victim may have known his attackers.
“Young people are using guns to settle petty disputes over clothes,” he said.
[dcquiz] Chicago has experienced 673 homicides in 2016 and has the highest murder rate of any major American city.
Just this week, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel — who strongly supports “sanctuary cities” and opposes the deportation of criminal illegal immigrants – promised that all illegal aliens in the city were “safe in Chicago…secure in Chicago…supported in Chicago.”
Davis said in a statement that Wilson was not alone at the time of the shooting — his uncle and other family members were present.
“I grieve for my family. I grieve for the young man who pulled the trigger,” Davis said in a statement. “I grieve for his family, his parents, his friends.”
The 11-term representative was in Chicago on Friday and spoke to both police and reporters. He questioned how the shooter obtained the gun and promised to continue to fight gun violence.