At 3:16 p.m. on the 5100 block of West Harrison Street, near a walkway near Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School, a young man was shot and killed, police said. It was said that he was taken to Stroger Hospital in severe condition, where he was subsequently pronounced dead.
In a press conference on Tuesday night, Chicago police 15th District Cmdr. Andre Parham revealed that the youngster, later named Kevin Davis by the Cook County medical examiner’s office, was a student at the school.
A tragic event has occurred. This is my 22nd year working here. It’s never going to get simpler. When something bad happens to a kid, you feel helpless,” Parham remarked. They said, “It’s so boring that it’s numbing.”
He added that police had no idea what led up to the incident after dismissal or if any other pupils were there. The commander also said that the inquiry into the tragic attack was just getting started.
Police are collaborating with local businesses, churches, and other organizations, according to Parham. At this time, no one has been taken into custody, police announced early on Tuesday. Parham pleaded with anyone who witnessed the fatal gunshot to contact authorities.
Whether it’s “big,” “little,” or “anything at all,” he urged the public to report their findings to the Chicago Police. There will be no uncovered evidence in this investigation. Please be aware that if you cause harm to one of our children in this city, we will track you down and bring you to justice.
Chief of Safety and Security for Chicago Public Schools Jadine Chou has stated that on Wednesday the school’s security would be increased along with the arrival of crisis support for grief counselling and community partners to assist with personnel.
Michelle Clark is definitely a bright spot on our team. Located on Austin’s West Side, this institution is often held up as a model for the rest of the district. We don’t notice it,” Chou remarked.
Chou told reporters that CPS implements safety measures after shootings and reaffirmed that Michele Clark is a safe school after a gunshot in the area in August left three youths, purportedly including two pupils, injured.
Kierra Moore, a popular student and basketball standout, was fatally shot in Lawndale in October 2021, causing widespread grief among her classmates. Later that month, after the school had reopened to students after being closed for 18 months due to COVID, the school was featured in an article titled “A Chicago High School Reopens, With Fears of Gun Violence” in The New Yorker. In the article, students revealed their personal experiences and concerns over neighbourhood violence.
A receptionist at Michele Clark University indicated on Tuesday afternoon that the institution had no comment on the school shooting and fatality.