Chicago’s Memorial Day Weekend off to Rocky Start

Jacele Johnson, 4 year's old shot in head,by gang.
Jacele Johnson, 4 year’s old shot in head,by gang Friday evening.

The Memorial Day Weekend got off on a very rocky start on Chicago’s South side. The  4-year-old girl,  Jacele Johnson,  who was shot in the head Friday night on the South Side,  remains in critical condition, Saturday afternoon, according to Comer Children’s Hospital spokesperson, where the girl was being treated, spokesperson. A 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy were also shot during the attack, which happened outside an Englewood neighborhood prom gathering shortly before 8 p.m. in the 7000 block of South Justine Street.

Trennetta Gresham, 29 and mother of  Jacele informed authorities  that her daughter  and her 17-year-old cousin were inside Gresham’s car when she stepped away for a few minutes to gather her other children. Gresham and her children were planning to leave for home when the shooting happened. No one was in the driver’s seat.

The condition of the 17-year-old cousin, Romare Wilson, who was shot in the neck, stabilized at Advocate Christ Medical Center, and was in fair condition.

The teen girl, who was shot in the head, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where authorities said she was in good condition.

“We got a beautiful city, but it has some evil people,” Marvin Gresham, Jacele’s grandfather  said outside Comer Children’s Hospital early Saturday.

Authorities, citing preliminary information, said two of the victims were sitting in a car outside the gathering when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots.

Authorities said the shooting was gang-related but could not elaborate. However preliminary information, cites two of the victims were sitting in a car outside the gathering when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots.

Accordingly a gold Pontiac G6 believed to have been used by the offender in the shooting was found nearby in the 7000 block of South Paulina Street. Shell casings were found inside.

Multiple police vehicles responded to the crime scene Friday night, which also drew about two dozen spectators.

Jacele’s aunt Marcella Gresham  said, “Nobody knows when, where, how, why this happens. Senseless violence.”

She continued implying that they can’t stoop the gangs from banging but,”All the gangbangers need to know is that they shouldn’t shoot kids. That’s taboo.”

 A security guard at a mall across from where the  shooting took place, said he heard about 15 to 20 shots fired

Englewood Community voices said the same thing we all know,
“It’s just so sad, it’s so sad,” . . .All this violence in our community is senseless, poor people killing poor people,  . .  . “Since when do you kill someone just because you don’t like them or just because?”

Jacele and the two teens were among at least 18 people shot between 2:45 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday.


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