Three boys appeared in Cook County Juvenile Court Wednesday morning on charges of attempted murder, accused of shooting at Chicago police officers Monday night from a stolen car in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood.
Based on self-incriminating statements and gunshot residue tests, prosecutors said, they identified which of the juveniles had actually fired the two weapons recovered after a pursuit.
One of the shooters was 12. The other two in court with him were 17, one of whom sobbed during the hearing.
Judge George L. Canellis Jr. ordered all three to remain in custody.
The 12-year-old did not fully understand the charges, so the judge had to repeat them.
“I recognize that the defendant is 12 years old. I recognize this is his first case, that he’s in sixth grade. I recognize he has family here,” the judge said.
But with a slow shake of his head, Canellis said he had no choice — based on what he’d heard in court from the prosecutor — to lock up the sixth-grader, at least until his next hearing in July.
Each of the three boys faces eight counts of attempted first-degree murder, as well as other, lesser charges. Their names were not released because they are juveniles.
At 8:04 p.m. Monday, the boys shot at two Chicago Police officers from a stolen vehicle in the 3100 block of West 13th Street, police said. No officers were wounded.
The boys were taken into custody in the 3700 block of South Pulaski after a brief chase, police said. The car they were using had been reported stolen in a carjacking in west suburban Forest Park on Sunday.
CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted Monday night, “2 in custody, guns recovered after offenders fire at CPD & lead units & helicopter on pursuit. No injuries. Great police work.”
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