Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

16-year old Chicago boy shot in head while standing on his porch

Joseph Briggs, age 16
16-year old Joseph Briggs was standing on the porch of his Chicago home with several other individuals when a car drove up and someone sprayed the group with gunfire.  Joseph was the only one hit, and died from his wound.  It was likely a gang-related shooting.

From an article:

Briggs was standing with several others on his porch on South Rockwell Street in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood when a gunman in a gray vehicle fired shots at the group at about 8 p.m. Saturday, police said, citing preliminary information. 
No other injuries were reported. 
The boy, who was struck in the head, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 1:40 a.m. this morning, a medical examiner's spokeswoman said. 
Police officials believe the shooting was gang-related, but they didn't say whether they believe the teen was the intended target.

From a related article:

The teen’s grandmother, who was raising him and his sisters, told the Chicago Sun-Times she did not believe Briggs was the intended target, just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Courtesy Chicago Sun-Times. 
Joseph Briggs, 16, was killed Saturday night on his front porch in Marquette Park, Chicago. 
She said her grandson’s murder has caused her to think about relocating. 
“There’s been a lot of shootings on this block,” Josephine Briggs said to the Sun-Times. “Once I bury him, I’m going to try and move.”


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