In a tragic incident, two teenage boys were shot to death by a man whom they asked how tall he was as they went to purchase candy from a shop. The incident happened about 5 p.m. Three teenage boys went to a shop in South Chicago on Saturday, June 20 to buy some candy and ended up getting a brief encounter inside the store with 19-year-old Laroy Battle.
Then the three teenage boys left the store and walked together home. It is when police said Battle was approaching them and shooting started. The 17-year-old Jasean Francis was shot in the back, chest and left side. Charles Riley, 16, was gunned down in the back and left leg. The third teenage managed to escape the gunfire, which was not identified. One of the shot boys were rushed to Chicago University Hospital and later died as a result of the injuries they suffered during the attack.
Police also said nine shell casings have been retrieved from the crime scene. On Friday night, near the shooting scene, a prayer vigil to commemorate the two teens was held.
Authorities continue to try to understand the intent behind the shootings.
Battle has been denied bond and charged with two counts of murder in the first degree. Police said that he had a previous conviction for aggravating unlawful. It is a use of a weapon, for which he was granted probation.