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

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

17-year old Chicago boy shot and killed in gang shooting

Miles Turner, 18 (left) and Richard Modell, 17 (right)
17-year old Richard Modell was walking with his 18-year old cousin, Miles Turner, on the streets of Chicago, Illinois, when gunmen opened fire in an apparent gang retaliation.  Richard was killed.  Miles was shot multiple times in the legs and is in critical condition.

From an article:
Richard Modell, 17, and his cousin Miles Turner, 18, were on their way to meet a friend at the time. Modell may have been targeted due to a fight between rival gangs, authorities believe. 
Turner, a high school football player, was shot in the legs multiple times and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, according to The Sun Times.  Police don't believe he had any gang ties.  
“Miles [is] really a very well-liked guy… He is the kind of kid who went out of his way to be friendly and polite. He even went out of his way to say hello to the ladies in the office,” Dan McGrath, the president of Turner’s high school, told the newspaper. 
The teens were among the youngest shot over the weekend. Since Friday, five people have been killed and at least 25 wounded in separate shootings across the city. Some are gang related, but many just innocent people caught in the cross fire. 
Modell is the second grandchild of Florine Monroe to be shot and killed within just six months. The other grandchild was not identified by NBCChicago.com. 
"They've got to get these guns out of young people's hands," she said. 
(a related article, about Miles Turner and the shooting).

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