Honor student charged in Memorial Day shooting that seriously injured another teenager

A high school honoring a student weeks away from graduation has been accused of shooting another teenager multiple times on Memorial Day in South Shore.

There was no apparent reason for the shooting, Cook County prosecutors said in court Wednesday.

The two 17-year-olds weren’t involved in any arguments before the shooting and were simply walking out the back door of a house when Darrion Allen opened fire, according to Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy.

The teenage Allen who was allegedly shot was taken to hospital in critical condition. During the hearing, Murphy said the teenager was not to survive.

A deputy public defender said Allen was an honor roll student at a Bronzeville charter school and was due to graduate on June 10. This summer, he planned to work at White Castle and take a photography course before enrolling in trade school to become an electrician. , said the defense attorney.

Allen had recently received treatment for unspecified mental health issues at Comer Children’s Hospital, the attorney added.

Allen and the victim knew each other, but were not friends, Murphy said. Allen had been at a barbecue earlier that day with a friend, who allegedly called the victim to pick them up.

All three then reportedly went to the victim’s single-family home in the 7400 block of South Merrill Avenue to smoke marijuana and listen to music.

As they walked through the kitchen of the house to exit through a back door around 6 p.m., Allen’s friend heard several gunshots and a bullet “fly” past his arm, Murphy said. He started running and reportedly heard several more gunshots before calling 911.

When Allen’s friend returned home, the front and back doors were locked, but he could hear the victim calling for help and saying he had been shot. Officers responded and were greeted at the front door by Allen, who then went to sit in the living room.

Police found the victim in the kitchen suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. In a conversation with officers that was recorded on a body-worn camera, the teenager whispered “him” when asked who shot him and pointed at Allen, Murphy said. Police asked if Allen shot him and the teenager allegedly nodded.

Allen was arrested and reportedly told officers the gun could be found in a backpack in a bedroom, where it was later recovered. The weapons matched a 9mm casing found in the kitchen and Allen also tested positive for gunshot residue, Murphy said.

“If he did this to his friends and acquaintances, he would pose this threat to other people as well,” Murphy said.

Ortiz agreed and ordered Allen to be held without bail.

He was due back in court on June 26.

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