12-year-old arrested with a gun is the latest report of armed kids in Chicago
By Brian Seay
Chicago police say this gun was taken from a 12-year-old boy on July 11 on the city’s West Side. (Photo: Chicago Police Department)
A 12-year-old boy was arrested with a gun on Chicago’s West Side Tuesday night, marking at least the third report of armed children on the city’s streets in recent weeks.
Responding to a call of a person with a gun, officers arrested the boy in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood. He’s being charged as a juvenile with unlawful use of a weapon, according to the Chicago Tribune.
It’s just one of three reported incidents of kids flashing or using guns since late last month.
Last weekend, Chicago police issued a community alert about a string of robberies in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood, just south of the Loop. Between three and nine offenders committed about a dozen robberies throughout the area last month.
“In the most recent incident, occurring on June 29th, a reported six to eight-year-old black male offender displayed a silver handgun and demanded money,” said the alert from police.
That boy remains at large, as are the rest of the offenders in those incidents, who range in age from 6 to 20.
Also last weekend, a video surfaced on Facebook of a boy