Teen held on $200,000 bond on charges of shooting two boys playing football
BY TINA SFONDELES Staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org October 27, 2012 9:26AM
Walter White. Photo/Chicago Police Dept.
Updated: November 29, 2012 6:49AM
The mother of one of two young boys shot Thursday while playing football on the Far South Side says her son knew his shooter from grammar school, and believes the kids were innocent bystanders caught in a gang feud.
Walter White, 19, also known as Lil’ Walt, was arrested and now faces two Class X felony counts of aggravated battery for allegedly shooting the boys, ages 12 and 14.
Appearing in court Saturday with a private attorney, White was ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Raven Thompson, 14, and the boy remain hospitalized after the shooting near 108th Street and South Eggleston. Thompson was shot near the abdomen, while the other boy was shot in the groin.
Cassandra Thompson, the teen’s mother, says doctors are worried about his left leg and may amputate if his condition worsens. The freshman at Julian High School was considering playing basketball at the school, she said.
“The bullet hit the main vein in the leg and they’re scared of clots,” Cassandra Thompson said. “They might have to take that left leg.”
Cassandra Thompson recalled that her son just left the house when she heard the gunshots. The teen was playing outside with some friends when White allegedly walked out of an alley and started shooting, authorities say.
“I was told they was after someone else. All the little boys were bystanders,” Cassandra Thompson said.
She also said she believes the shooter knew both boys from grammar school but that they weren’t the intended targets.
The mother of five said she’s relieved the alleged shooter has been caught but is worried about her “quiet” block becoming crime-ridden.
Prosecutors said White was identified as the shooter by both victims, and also by another witness during a police lineup. White, of the 11000 block of South Parnell Avenue, denied a gang affiliation.
He’ll next appear in court Nov. 1.
Contributing: James Scalzitti