Marion Richardson, 17, was charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon as an adult and was being held on $25,000 bail, the Chicago Tribune reported.
May 16 (News) – A Chicago teenager appeared in court Monday charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Seadell Holliday, another teenager, near the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park.
He is accused of shooting Holliday in the chest after a fight near the large sculpture, nicknamed “The Bean” for its shape, on Saturday.
Richardson was attending a mass gathering in the park when he spotted a group of boys, including one with whom he had been in a previous altercation, Assistant District Attorney James Murphy told the court.
Video footage circulated online and viewed by CBS News showed hundreds of teenagers at the park.
The group followed Richardson and eventually Holliday allegedly jumped onto his back from behind and began beating him before at least one other man joined in, the prosecutor said.
Richardson then allegedly took out a pistol and shot Holliday before fleeing, dropping the gun and picking it up as he ran, prosecutors said. Police saw him drop the gun and he was found a block away on Michigan Avenue.
“You guys won’t do anything anyway, a hundred (racist slurs) are coming my way, what should I do? You guys just sit there bro,” Richardson reportedly told police when he was arrested.
Richardson was one of two people arrested by police after the shooting, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Another 16-year-old boy was also arrested nearby with an unmarked “ghost gun.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot imposed a limited curfew following the shooting that banned unaccompanied minors from Millennium Park after 6 p.m., effective Thursday through May 22.
“This new policy will be strictly enforced and violators will be dealt with expeditiously,” she said, and curfew violators face fines of up to $500.
Lightfoot has also extended the citywide curfew for unaccompanied minors from 11:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. The 10 p.m. curfew that is already in place for the remaining days will remain unchanged, CBS News reported.
The shooting occurred during a violent weekend in the United States, during which a mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo killed 10 people, a shooting at a flea market in Houston killed two and wounded three others, and killed one and seriously wounded four became a California church.