Youth slain in NW Side drive-by shooting

By Jason Meisner and Alexa Aguilar
Tribune staff reporters
Published April 20, 2007, 5:26 PM CDT

A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed this morning in what police described as a gang-related drive-by shooting on Chicago's Northwest Side.

The youth was shot about 7:30 a.m. at Fullerton Avenue and Pulaski Road in the Logan Square neighborhood as he was walking a bicycle with another boy, police said.

A silver Mitsubishi sedan with custom rims pulled alongside them and one of the car's occupants opened fire, striking the victim in the head.

The boy, Geroge Carrasquillo, of the 3500 block of West Belden Avenue, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and pronounced dead at 7:57 a.m., according to a Cook County medical examiner's office spokeswoman.

Police said no one else was wounded by the gunfire. Investigators believe the victim was in a gang and the occupants of the car are members of a rival gang.

No one was in custody and descriptions of the offenders were vague.

Family members at the scene said Carrasquillo was an 8th-grader and was on his way to school when the shooting occurred.

Chicago Public Schools spokesman Malon Edwards said records show the boy was enrolled at Schurz High School on the Northwest Side, but his current status there was unclear. He had also been a student at Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School inside the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, Edwards said.

Milie Lopez, an employee at Dwak Dogs, 4000 W. Fullerton Ave., said the restaurant was filled with customers this morning, but no one heard the shots across the street.

The intersection is bustling with activity at that time of day, local business owners said, as children head to school and shop owners prepare to open.

"In this neighborhood, I wouldn't be surprised about a gang shooting on a Friday or Saturday night. But that early in the morning? I don't get it," Lopez said.

Grand Central Area detectives are investigating. 
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George Luis Carrasquillo's life was supposed to be looking up with his acceptance Friday into the Job Corps training program, relatives said.

Now they are making funeral arrangements for the 15-year-old, who was gunned down at 7:30 a.m. Friday in a drive-by shooting as he rode his bike with a cousin at Fullerton and Pulaski.

"He just got accepted -- the day he got in [Job Corps] was the day he died," said his cousin Daniella Rivera.

Friends and relatives wept Friday morning as they lifted Carrasquillo's blue Diamondback bicycle from the sidewalk outside the CVS drugstore where he collapsed.

The murder weapon was not recovered. However, detectives found a gun that they think was carried by the victim, police said. Tests were being conducted to see whether it was fired. Shell casings from two different weapons were found at the scene, police said.

"Right now, we think it's a gang conflict where both sides are shooting," Police Supt. Phil Cline said.

When asked about the attack happening in daylight at such a busy corner, Cline said: "It's gangs -- when they see members of rival gangs and they're armed, they're going to shoot at each other, no matter what time of day it is."

Carrasquillo's mother, Josefina, wilted with grief at an anti-gang rally Friday afternoon at the shooting scene. She said her son wasn't in a gang and that he hadn't reported that anyone had threatened him. "He was very good," she said.

She shook her head and said, "No, no," when told Cline said her son was carrying a gun when he was killed.

"This is something that escalated the day before,'' said Angel Ramirez of the Gangs to Grace Ministry, who visited the corner. "The day before yesterday, they [gang members] were going at it at Kostner and Armitage, Cobras and Eagles. (Insane Spanish Cobras and Almighty Latin Eagles) They were fighting."

"At this hour, they [his assailant or assailants] must have known his route,'' said Orlando Cintron, with the group CeaseFire.

Carrasquillo, of the 3500 block of West Belden, was the middle child in his family, relatives said. He had attended Schurz High School and Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School, the secondary school in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Chicago Board of Education.

Police at Friday afternoon's anti-gang rally said a car parked in the CVS lot would be examined because it might contain additional evidence. The vehicle, believed to belong to a CVS staffer, might have been struck by a bullet, officers said.