The violence of Chicago has claimed yet another youth. The 15-year-old grandson of Congressman Danny K. Davis was shot and killed in an apparent home invasion in the family’s home in Englewood.
According to the Chicago Tribune, his grandson, Jovan Wilson, was at his home in Englewood with an uncle, his 16-year-old sister, 14-year-old brother and 8-year-old brother when two teenage assailants broke into the home and began arguing with Jovan, police and Davis said. The teen’s mother had left the home to pick up food.
At some point during the argument, one of the assailants, a 15-year-old boy, pulled out a gun and shot Jovan in the head.
He was dead on the scene in the 5600 block of South Princeton Avenue, said Officer Michelle Tannehill, a Chicago police spokeswoman.
It has been reported by ABC News in Chicago that Jovan and his assailants were arguing over a pair of gym shoes. The argument escalated and he was shot in the head and died instantly.
When asked about who his grandson was, Congressman Davis had this to say: “He was a typical 15-year-old … He liked basketball. If you listened to him he was a basketball star, but he liked basketball and music. All those kinds of things. He was an avid sports fan, he knew all about, you know, the stats of different players.”
Shootings have subsided in Chicago after an October that was recognized as the second deadliest month of 2016. Chicago police have reported that there were 78 murders, 353 shootings and 427 shooting victims in the city.
Congressman Davis spoke in regards to what is needed to change this circumstance: “Well, I think it just reinforces a lot of things we already know. There’s an awful lot of people in Chicago who are in need of help, who need help to heal them and share their ideas and personalities. There’s a need for them to have jobs and employment opportunities and there’s a need for young people especially to have more effective instruction.”
The individuals who shot the congressman’s grandson have yet to be captured.