CHICAGO (AP) — A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in a backyard about four blocks from President Barack Obama‘s Chicago home, police said Tuesday.
Cornelius German of Chicago was found unresponsive around 9:40 p.m. Monday. He had been shot in the back and was pronounced dead at the scene on the city’s South Side, police told The Associated Press.
No arrests had been made as of late Tuesday afternoon, they said.
The teen’s death comes about three months after the fatal shooting of another 15-year-old, Hadiya Pendleton, who was gunned down in a park about a mile from the Obama home in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago. Police have said the alleged gunman opened fire after mistaking someone in the group of young people that the girl was with for a member of a rival street gang. Two men face first-degree murder and other charges in the Jan. 29 shooting.
Police spokesman John Mirabelli said the motive in the latest shooting death was not known, but that German was affiliated with a street gang.
German’s mother said he was supposed to be waiting for her to pick him up Monday night on a nearby street corner but was not there when she arrived. Then, after she saw several police cars race by, she started to worry that it had something to do with her son.