I am in awe at the outcome in this case. In the back of my mind I knew it had something to do with revenge. A teen was seeking revenge for the beating of his “friend” and opened fire on a group of boys. What is amazing is the friend told him the culprits who beat him up WERE NOT in the group.
There are 2 lives lost in this situation, the young girl who was killed and the boy who did the shooting. As a result of his actions and the actions of others that lead up to the shooting no one paid the price except Shamiya Adams. It’s a shame that our young people think the only way to settle disputes is to grab a gun and shoot in a crowd of people and “hope” they hit their intended target. I am very sure there is more to this story we and we haven’t gotten all the gory details.
Read about it as reported by the Chicago Tribune:
The 18 year old charged with killing 11-year-old Shamiya Adams wanted revenge for the earlier beating of a friend and opened fire on a group of boys even though his friend said his attackers were not in the group, prosecutors said today.
Tevin Lee bragged later that he thought he’d shot one of those responsible, but the only person who was struck was Shamiya, who was killed as she was about to make s’mores with friends, prosecutors said.
Around 4 p.m. on July 18, a friend of Lee’s was riding his bike when two others pulled him off of it and punched and kicked him, said Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Mack.
The victim told his brother, a member of the Gangster Disciples street gang, about the attack. The two, along with a cousin and Lee, who also is a member of the gang, returned about 9:30 p.m. to the vacant lot where the attack had happened, Mack said.
The group saw another group of boys near the home where Shamiya was attending a sleepover. The victim told Lee he didn’t see his attackers in the group but Lee still pulled out a handgun and fired three or four shots at the boys, Mack said.
Shamiya was struck behind her right ear and the bullet lodged in the opposite side of her head, Mack said.
Several witnesses who were present identified Lee as the shooter and one witness said he’d told them he had gotten rid of the gun.
Wallace Bryant, who said he is Lee’s godfather, said after the hearing that Lee was not the shooter and that talk in the neighborhood was that the boy on the bicycle, a friend of his godson’s who he said was 14, was the one who had opened fire.
He said Lee had trained as a boxer and had gone along with his friends to fight, but did not have a gun.
“I want to find out the truth,” Bryant told reporters.
Lee’s attorney said the 18-year-old had been volunteering at an anti-violence program for youth and had graduated from Crane High School, where he was on the basketball and football teams, in June.
Judge Laura Sullivan ordered Lee held without bail.
Source: Chicago Tribune