According to the Trib, it's a Rogers Park gang thing:
A Rogers Park
man is accused of fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy inside an Uptown pizzeria after yelling gang slogans at him, authorities say.
Ivan Alanis was with his older sister and her friend inside a pizza and liquor store in the 5100 block of North Broadway when they encountered Andre Alejandro, 22, police said. Alejandro began yelling at the boy and the two argued and then Alejandro left, police said.
Alejandro, a member of the
Gangster Disciples street gang, returned to the front of the business
with a handgun and fired into the building, striking the boy in the
face, police said.
Read the rest of the story here. Another totally senseless gang-related murder, which will resolve nothing and bring heartache to two families for the rest of their lives. Absolutely absurd that this goes on day after day and no one seems to learn anything from it.
Update: According to the Sun-Times, "Andre Alejandro, 22, shot three times toward Ivan Alanis and two others because he believed them to be gang rivals, Cook County prosecutors
said [...] Surveillance video at the restaurant that has an adjoining liquor store
showed Alejandro shooting the weapon, which he told police he threw into
a nearby gangway, Carlisle said. He was arrested just four hours after
the murder." Those may be the last four hours of freedom he'll ever know. Good police work.
The article also reveals that Mr. Alejandro was involved in a previous fracas at Laurie's four years ago, where he and a group of his buddies attacked rivals with fists and sticks. He served time for that, but apparently isn't very good at learning lessons. Pity for so many people that he didn't learn not to return to the scene of the crime.
Oh yeah. He's a student. At Truman.