Police recovered nine caps from the crime scene.
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Two teens were shot dead after asking the suspect how tall he was when they were buying candy at a store.
The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20 after three teens went to a store in South Chicago to buy some candy and ended up having a brief encounter with Laroy Battle, 19, inside the establishment.
“The victims were entering the store, they saw Battle, he was standing in line while he was in the store and the victims commented that Battle was quite tall, and asked him how high he was and they expected to be this high someday, “Deputy Detective Chief Brendan Deenihan said” Unfortunately, we will never see the full growth of these poor children. ”
The three teens left the store and headed home together when police said Battle approached them and started shooting.
Jasean Francis, 17, was shot in the back, chest, and left hand. Charles Riley, 16, was shot in the back and left leg. The third teenager, who was not identified, managed to escape the shooting. The two children who were shot were taken to the University of Chicago Hospital and later died from injuries they sustained during the shooting.
“Security cameras in the area were able to show the criminal throwing a gun in the trash can, and eventually Battle was found hiding in a motel … He was arrested without incident.” Deenihan announced at the press conference.
Police also said they recovered nine casings from the crime scene.
A prayer vigil was held Friday night to honor the two teens near the shooting site.
“He was a boy,” said Jasean Francis’ aunt Latonya Pettit, according to the ABC News WLS station in Chicago. “He liked video games, snacks. That was his thing. He went into the hospital gift shop every day and bought snacks.”
“He was kind to the older people on the block,” said another of Francis’ aunts, Keena Hoyle. “The nurses expected him to come there every day. They brought roses to the family. They watched him grow up as a child.”
Authorities are still trying to understand the motive behind the shooting.
“There was no altercation,” said Deenihan. “There was nothing that would have made Battle mad at these children. He is about 6’3 “, 6’4″, and he was literally asked how tall he was because he was extremely tall. ”
Battle was denied bail and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Police said he had a previous conviction for aggravated illegal use of a weapon, for which he received probation.
“Justice was very quick in this case because we got help from the community,” Deenihan said during his public statement to the press. “The offender was quickly identified because the community called detectives and told them it was Battle in the video. This is how this case was broken. The images from private security cameras provided to CPD were incredibly valuable in this case. The fact that detectives can now quickly retrieve this material and then enlist the help of the community to identify them. [kinds of] criminals are priceless. ”
“This is just one example of how Chicago can help improve public safety by working together to remove these very dangerous criminals from the streets,” said Deenihan.