One student killed, two injured just blocks from their school, one day after mayor announces end to police presence

CHICAGO, IL — Just one day after Chicago's Democrat Mayor Brandon Johnson announced his support of a controversial decision to remove Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers from the city's public schools, one teenager was killed and two more were injured in what is being called a targeted shooting just blocks from their high school.

According to ABC News, three teenagers were walking a few blocks from the school on Wednesday afternoon when a vehicle pulled up to them. Several assailants leapt out and opened fire on the victims, according to Chicago Police Superintendent Larry Snelling.

At a press conference, Snelling added that one of the teens was killed in the attack, one is listed in critical condition, and the third is hospitalized but stable, having sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. "We do believe that the three individuals were targeted," Snelling said.

Per The Chicago Tribune, the deceased victim was identified as 16-year-old Daveon Gibson, and the other two victims were 15 and 16 years old. All three were students of Nicholas Senn High School.

Just a day prior, Johnson was subject to severe criticism for the decision to remove CPD officers from Chicago Public Schools, as previously reported by Law Enforcement Today. This came at the end of a $10.3 million contract for CPD to provide on-campus security. 

Johnson told The Chicago-Sun Times that "the Board of Education is moving in the direction that I do support." He added, "There is an intergovernmental agreement between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department. To end that agreement, there’s no qualms from me there."

The move drew wide condemnation from figures on both sides of the political aisle, with many like Democrat Paul Vallas, former Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools and mayoral candidate against Johnson, citing recent reports of shootings and deriding him for "shamelessly placating his anti cop supporters puts children at risk."

Despite the criticism, Johnson told the press, "A loss of life is horrific under all circumstances, but it is especially harsh when our young people are targeted. We do everything in our power to keep our children safe. So this hurts, and I know our city is hurting."

Snelling vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice saying, 
"We have to push back against this type of violence, this type of brazenness. We will hold violent criminals accountable -- I can promise you that."

The Superintendant said that the police department will add additional police presence "across the districts, across the entire city, we will make sure that we have a police presence at dismissal and at the time students are arriving for school."

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"We will hold violent criminals accountable -- I can promise you that." Sure you will. Just like you have held the other violent criminals accountable. Your promise is the typical Democrat BS and the same value.

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