15-year-old held on $900,000 bail in shooting of 7-year-old
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN AND STEFANO ESPOSITO Staff Reporters August 20, 2013 6:38AM
Chicago Police search outside the Charles Sumner Math & Science Community Academy after a 7-year-old boy was shot Sunday night in the 4200 block of West Fifth Avenue in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. | Mitch Dudek~Sun-Times
Updated: September 22, 2013 6:15AM
A juvenile charged with shooting a 7-year-old boy over the weekend had been on electronic monitoring for a pending drug case when he allegedly opened fire near a Garfield Park school and wounded the child.
It was the GPS tracker on Lavante Jackson’s ankle bracelet that helped authorities pin down that the 15-year-old had been near the Sumner Math & Science Academy seconds before bullets struck Tyvion Jackson in the chest and arm at 9 p.m. Sunday night, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Amanda Pillsbury said. Tyvion Jackson and Lavante Jackson aren’t related.
Lavante Jackson had been ordered to adhere to a 2 p.m. curfew while his case was pending in juvenile court, Pillsbury said. He was charged as an adult in the shooting.
Tyvion, who had just finished a bicycle ride with his 11-year-old cousin when he was injured, was taken to the hospital but was home recovering on Monday. “He’s OK,” Tyvion’s mother, Tasha McDuffie, said Monday. “He’s mentally shook up.”
While Tyvion was putting his bike inside the house near the 4200 block of West 5th, his cousin saw Lavante Jackson on a bicycle near the school with others when a car pulled up with another boy hanging out of its window, Pillsbury said.
“What you gonna do about it now?” the boy in the car allegedly taunted Lavante Jackson — a purported gang member.
Tyvion’s cousin, who was on the porch, then said he saw a friend of Lavante Jackson’s tell Lavante that he should come back since the car was also creeping back to where they had gathered, authorities said.
That’s when Tyvion’s cousin said he glimpsed Lavante Jackson immediately get off his bicycle, run onto the sidewalk and shoot at the moving car, Pillsbury said.
Lavante Jackson missed his target. But he hit Tyvion after the younger boy came back outside and stood in the doorway of his house, Pillsbury said.
“He lifted his arm and showed me that he’d been shot,” McDuffie said. “He really don’t understand why he got shot. We talked about how he won’t be able to ride his bike outside. He probably will be inside for a while.”
At least one other witness identified Lavante Jackson as Tyvion’s shooter, Pillsbury said.
Moments after Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered Lavante Jacskon held in lieu of $900,000 for aggravated battery with a firearm, his mother ran out crying, burying her hands in her face. “He’s not a bad kid,” Erika Jackson said, tears streaking down her face.
Contributing: Brian Slodysko and Mitch Dudek