2 Suspects in Custody for Death of US Rep. Danny Davis' 15-Year-Old Grandson
The fatal shooting occurred in the teen's home on Chicago's South Side.
— -- Two juveniles are in custody and are considered suspects in the fatal shooting of U.S. Rep Danny Davis' 15-year-old grandson in Chicago Friday night over a pair of gym shoes, police said Saturday.
"The detectives are continuing their interrogations and charges are expected," Chicago Police spokeswoman Michelle Tannehill said Saturday night.
The juveniles have not been identified.
Javon was in his home when the two juveniles forced their way into the home around 6:45 p.m., ABC affiliate WLS-TV reported.
Rep. Davis said he was told that another boy had traded pants for shoes with Wilson's 14-year-old brother, but thought better of the trade and went to Wilson's house with a 17-year-old girl, according to The Associated Press. He said the pair forced their way in the house and argued with Wilson before the boy pulled a gun and shot Wilson in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a statement Rep. Davis released Saturday evening, he saidm "Unfortunately, this is another example of a fifteen-year-old with a gun who shouldn't never have had it. Where did the gun come from? How did he get it? And of course he never should have had it."
Davis arrived at a police station with family members around 9:30 p.m. Friday to speak with investigators, WLS-TV reported. He represents Illinois' 7th Congressional District, which includes the neighborhood where his grandson was killed.
"It was unbelievable, unbelievable," Davis told The Chicago Tribune, via telephone while on his way to the police station. "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."
Referencing Chicago's high murder rate, Davis told The Chicago Tribune of his grandson's killing, "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.
He added, "We need to improve our schools. We need to make sure that there are enough schools and after-school recreational, job activity to keep young people busy and engaged and all of those things ... and his being shot is just simply a manifestation of the tremendous urban crisis that we are facing in Chicago."