CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago police detectives released surveillance video Tuesday that showed gunmen in a Fourth of July shooting that killed four people, including 14-year-old Vernado Jones Jr., in Englewood on the South Side.
The video shows individuals firing multiple handguns into a crowd gathered at 61st and Carpenter streets around 11:35 p.m. Eight people were shot with Vernado, who was hit in the back, dying shortly after the shooting, along with three other men. Those men have been identified as 30-year-old Ernest Franklin, 26-year-old Cartier Tivon Warner and 53-year-old Andre Parnell Osborne. An 11-year-old boy with a graze wound to the ankle and a 15-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the abdomen were both taken to Comer in fair condition, police said. The gunmen can also be seen fleeing east through Carpenter (Philo) Park toward Morgan Street.
Vernado was a skilled basketball player, even at 14, and was set to attend the perennial basketball powerhouse Simeon Career Academy, his family told reporters after his death.
“He was going to be our great basketball star,” his aunt, Nancy Wardlaw-Williams, then told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I told him, ‘I’m waiting on my NBA tickets.’”
This year’s Fourth of July weekend was filled with violence.
In total, 15 people were killed and 64 others wounded in shootings across Chicago. Eleven of the weekend’s victims were minors. Natalia Wallace, 7, was killed while standing on the sidewalk in Austin on the West Side hours before Vernado was fatally shot. A third man, Terrell Boyd, 30, of Racine, Wisconsin, was arrested and charged in Natalia's murder Monday night.
Anyone with information about the Englewood shooting at 61st and Carpenter streets should contact Area One Detectives at 312-747-8380.