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.
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.