|Robert Freeman (Tribune)|
The picture at left is of 13-year-old Robert Freeman, click the picture for a Tribune photo gallery of this story.
The suspect in the shooting of a 13-year-old Roseland boy Wednesday may now have more to fear than just having the police on his tail.Honor amongst thieves. It's OK to kill someone as young as Freeman, but can't just shoot the wrong person! At time mistaken identity has been the story of murder especially when it comes to crimes such as this.
A source told FOX Chicago that the intended target was another teen in the neighborhood who recently robbed some gang members on a street nearby.
The gunman was apparently trying to make a name for himself in after being paroled from prison in April.
The 20-year-old suspect had just finished serving one year of a three year sentence for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Perphaps you've heard the term honor among thieves. Well, Police say the gang code gives the okay to kill someone as young as Freeman, just so long as you don't shoot he wrong person. By breaking that "honor code" the suspect made himself a target.
Chicago police now say Freeman was shot 13 times. The gunman stood over him in the street firing shots. Witnesses identified the suspect, but police did not have strong enough information to get an arrest warrant, so they were asking more witnesses to provide them information.
"The code of silence only helps the offenders, and it's just a matter of eluding justice for a short period of time. The most imprtant thing, we're asking the person involved in this homicide to come forward and turn themselves in," said Assitant Superintendent James Jackson.
What I'd like to know is what possessed this thug to shoot another person excessively like he did?