Two teenage boys were shot dead on Chicago’s South Side after asking the alleged gunman how tall he is while buying candy from a local store.
Jasean Francis, 17, Charles Riley, 16, and another teenager went into a convenience store on June 20 and encountered 19-year-old Laroy Battle.
The three boys reportedly noticed Battle’s height and commented that they hoped to be that tall someday.
They were later walking home from the convenience store when Battle allegedly approached them and opened fire.
Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan told CBS 2: ‘These individuals were with their friend. They’d just gone to a mall. They know the neighborhood. They don’t ever go out to the neighborhood because it’s so dangerous.
They were taken to the University of Chicago Hospital where they both later succumbed to their injuries.
The third teenager managed to escape and his identity was not disclosed by police.
Authorities recovered nine shell casings from the scene. ‘None of it makes sense,’ said Deenihan.
CCTV surveillance footage shared by the Chicago Police Department showed Battle limping into the convenience store and approaching the counter.
Minutes later, the three teenage boys arrive and can be seen stepping through the entrance.