A 15-year-old Chicago boy is dead after being shot in the head by a bullet while out delivering newspapers with his stepdad on Sunday. Police are now trying to figure out if it was a case of mistaken identity.
WGN9 reports that on Sunday morning at around 6:40 a.m., Brian Jasso was delivering papers with his stepfather, Chicago Tribune delivery driver Erick Campeano, when someone driving a white car smashed into the back of pair’s Honda CRV. The suspect then got out of his car and fired gunshots at their vehicle, hitting Brian in the head. The incident took place off of the 5100 block of West 47th St.
Campeano, who survived the incident, tried to speed away but the suspect kept shooting. Campeano said he pulled Brian into his lap as he drove, but when the teen looked up briefly, he was shot in the head.
Since Brian nor his stepfather had any sort of gang affiliation and no known enemies, police are trying to determine if the incident is a case of mistaken identity or a possible attempted carjacking that ended up deadly.
“He was trying to save money because today is my birthday.” Brian’s sister, Shadden said. “He was trying to get me a gift because Christmas was coming. He was trying to work. He wasn’t doing anything bad.”
Residents said that there isn’t a lot of gang activity in the area, while local business owners turned surveillance footage over to the police.
“I feel rage, helplessness,” Campeano said, according to ABC7. “Don’t understand. We were on our way to work.”
Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that detective are actively investigating, but so far haven’t named any suspects.
“We’re still in the early stages of the investigation.”
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[Feature Photo: Brian Jasso/Handout]