Teenager killed near Schurz HS
A teenager was fatally wounded at about 5:35 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in the 4400 block of West Addison Street, according to the Chicago Police Department Office of News Affairs.
The 17-year-old teenager was the front passenger in a grey 2004 Acura driven by another 17-year-old male from Northside Prep High School, 5501 N. Kedzie Ave., to pick up the driver’s friend, a 17-year-old male who attends at Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee Ave., according to 17th (Albany Park) District police.
The driver reported that the Schurz student entered the rear of the Acura and they made a U-turn to drive west on Addison when a group of males standing on a corner "made eye contact" with the rear passenger and one male fired several shots, striking the vehicle in the front and passenger-side windows, and they drove away to the 4500 block of West Belmont Avenue before they realized the front passenger was shot in the neck, according to police. The teenager was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 6:25 p.m., police said.
The teenager was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Emanuel Gallegos, age 17, of the 5300 block of West Drummond Place.
The rear passenger of the Acura was allegedly arguing with the group of people about gang affiliation before he entered the Acura and may have been the intended target, according to police.
The shooter turned himself into custody and was brought to the Area North headquarters at Belmont and Western avenues at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, and he was charged with first-degree murder, according to police.
The suspect was identified by police as Luis Castejon, age 17, 5200 West Wrightwood Avenue.
A friend of the Gallegos family started a Go Fundme page to help with the slain teen’s funeral expenses.
For more information, visit www.gofundme.com/in-honor-of-emanuel-gallegos.