Two teens arrested for deadly shooting near high school

EDGEWATER, IL – The tragic shooting near Senn High School in Edgewater in January has led to the charging of two teen boys by the authorities. Kashawn Prude, 17, is facing one count of first-degree murder, in addition to two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Alongside him, a 14-year-old, who remains nameless due to his age, is facing the same charges and an additional charge of aggravated battery with a firearm.

The two arrested teens are known to be students at Uplift Community High School in Uptown. The shooting they are charged with took place in broad daylight near Thorndale Avenue, which resulted in the death of 16-year-old Daveon Gibson and left two other Senn students wounded.

Following a confrontation between the defendants and victims, several individuals exited a car and began firing guns. Police later identified a stolen gray Honda registered in Florida as the vehicle used in the shooting.

It is believed that the driver of the stolen Honda was Prude, with the 14-year-old accompanying him in the back seat. According to prosecutors, the younger suspect exited the car and fired into the crowd of Senn students that Prude maneuvered to cut off near an alley. Eyewitnesses, including an Amazon driver, verified the series of events leading to the shooting.

Post the shooting incident, both the accused allegedly changed their clothes and returned to school. Law enforcement later recovered 15 shell casings from the scene.

Attorneys for Prude maintained that while their defendant admitted to driving the car, he claimed no knowledge of the 14-year-old holding a weapon. Prude’s criminal record includes eight arrests since 2021, covering offenses like battery, theft, and trespassing.

A detention hearing determined Prude to be a threat to the community based on his criminal background, with the judge ruling against electronic monitoring. The unsettling incident is a part of a series of shootings near high schools, leading the Chicago Police Department to heighten patrol protocols during school arrival and dismissal times.