A mother describes her final moments with a Chicago teenager who was shot and killed. Regina Waldroup reports
A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot in Chicago Saturday night in front of a South Side church.
Michael Flournoy, of the 8000 block of South Evans Avenue, was found shot around 8 p.m. in front of St. Anthony’s Church in the 1000 block of East 93rd Street in Chicago’s Burnside neighborhood, according to the Cook County Medical examiner’s office and Chicago police.
“I was in the house and I heard the shots,” said Flournoy’s uncle Richard Jackson, who said the teen was visiting his cousin's before the shooting. “I came over here and I saw my nephew lying on the ground.”
Jackson said the teen was on his way to buy chips when he was caught in crossfire.
Family members said Flournoy was an active student at Simeon High School, participating on the school's football and wrestling teams, had a clean record and planned to go to college.
His wrestling coach, Carnell Jones, said he was a "well-rounded, conscientious kid."
"I just feel like this time I dropped the ball," said his mother Tymeka Woods. "He would say, 'Mamma, I'm going to build you and home and you are not going to worry anymore.'"
Family members said the violence needs to stop.
“I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids,” Jackson said. “These kids are really out of control. I don’t know if we failed them as fathers or what, but we need to get control of something. Kids are losing their lives for nothing.”
Flournoy is the second person killed by gun violence in Chicago this weekend and at least 18 others have been wounded.
Less than an hour after Flournoy was killed, a 23-year-old man was taken to Roseland Hospital with gunshots wounds to his knee, police said. The man was shot following a dice game, according to authorities, just before 9 p.m. in the 13100 block of South Ellis Avenue in the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood. Police said a person who lost the dice game announced that he was taking the winnings, but a struggle ensued and the victim was shot. The offender fled without any of the proceeds, police said.
About 20 minutes later, 26-year-old man was shot in the 2000 block of West Birchwood Avenue in Rogers Park in a possibly gang-related shooting, police said. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in stable condition with wounds to the hand and leg.
Also Saturday evening, a 34-year-old man was shot while walking in the 8200 block of South Loomis Boulevard, police said.
The man said an offender, who was around 5 feet, 11 inches tall and about 180 pounds, came out of a gangway around 7 p.m. wearing a black ski mask and a black jacket. He then shot the man in the shoulder with a revolver and fled the scene. The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment.
Earlier Saturday, a a 21-year-old man was shot while seated in a parked car around 3:30 p.m. in the 11300 block of South Parnell Avenue. The man said two unknown offenders approached on foot and fired at him, striking him in the left shoulder blade. He was transported by a friend to Roseland Hospital in stable condition, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.
Around 11:25 a.m., a man was shot in the face in the 10500 block of South Wabash Avenue, police said. He was listed in stable condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his “brow area,” Sedevic said. Details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.