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Chicago shootout: Second teenager dies in West Side mass shooting that killed a 15-year-old boy, officials say

CHICAGO – A second teenager was killed in a mass shooting last week in North Lawndale on the West Side that killed a 15-year-old boy and injured three others.

Davion Wright, 16, was pronounced dead Friday morning, two days after one or more gunmen opened fire on the corner of Douglas Boulevard and Christiana Avenue, according to the Cook County’s coroner’s office.

In the same attack, Damarion L. Benson, 15, was hit in the head and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Chicago police said.

Damarion’s mother, Brittany Benson, told the Sun-Times that the 16-year-old who was shot dead in the attack was her cousin.

Three men were also taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where they were stabilized, police said. A 22-year-old was shot in the foot and another, 24, in the leg. A third man, also 24, was shot in the hip.

The shooting was one of three mass attacks that occurred in Chicago on Wednesday night.

Minutes earlier and a few blocks away, three teenagers and two men were shot dead outside Herzl Elementary near Douglas Boulevard and Ridgeway Avenue. Shortly before midnight, eight people were shot dead in Lincoln Park while they were traveling in a party bus.

At least 35 more shootings this year have injured four or more people, according to a Sun Times analysis of city data. In the past five years, Chicago has seen by far the largest number of mass shootings in the country, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

In total, three of the victims of the attacks were 15 and younger, continuing the trend of increasing violence against children this year.

The neighborhood where Benson and Wright were killed, North Lawndale, was more deadly this year than it was at that time last year, from 21 to 30 murders.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2021.)

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