A 15-year-old boy is accused of shooting his friend, also 15, for refusing to join a gangsaid.
River Williams is charged as an adult with
attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. Late last
November, he and his friend were playing video games at Williams' home when
Williams asked him if he wanted to go to 45th Street and Marshfield Avenue.
Williams' father drove the teens there, and they met up
with a group and walked to a nearby park. One of the people in the group handed
Williams something and he placed it on his waistline and pulled his shirt over
While walking, Williams asked his friend if he
wanted to be in a gang and the teen said no. He asked him again and pulled out a
gun, and the teen froze and did not answer.
then said, "I'm gonna do what I have to do, it's over for you," then fired
several times at his friend, striking him six times. Williams
and the group fled, and the victim was able to walk to a gas station for help.
The victim identified Williams as the shooter. Prosecutors said Williams
also told a family member he had shot someone.
Williams has a juvenile
record for robbery and aggravated robbery from last year. He was serving five
years probation at the time of the November shooting