Three people are being questioned about the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy as he walked out of a store with two teenaged girls in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood on the West Side, authorities said.
Michael Orozco had just left the store at the corner of 23rd Place and Leavitt Street around 4:30 p.m. Sunday when a light green van passed, stopped and backed up, according to a police report. A gunman jumped out and fired at the three teens, then got back in and the van sped away, the report said.
Orozco was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 4:56 p.m., the Cook County medical examiner's office said.
Officers at the scene got a description and partial license plate of the van, and police stopped a minivan after it was spotted speeding down Cermak Road, the report said. Three people were taken into custody, police said.
Near the scene of the shooting, friends set up a memorial of candles and red roses in a cardboard box. Neighborhood residents who knew Orozco said he was a high school freshman who loved pizza and basketball.
"He never messed with nobody," said Stephanie Rose, 28, who lives next door to where the boy was shot.
"When I first moved here, I thought it was safe," Rose, who has two children, said of her neighborhood. "It ain't safe no more."
Friends reminisced about the boy's love of dollar slices at the local "Pisa Pizza."
Tino Martinez, 26, of Pilsen said the boy was a good basketball and softball player who "liked to have a good time."
Rose occasionally cracked a joke at the vigil Sunday evening to lighten the mood. "We always thought of him as little Michael," Martinez said.
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