Teenager testifies that classmate laughed at him before shooting him in the head

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SHARE Teenager testifies that classmate laughed at him before shooting him in the head

A Morgan Park High School student testified Friday that after a classmate shot him in the leg and stomach, the 15-year-old boy laughed as he shot him in the head.

“Everything went blank,” the 17-year-old victim recalled Friday, testifying just a feet away from his alleged assailant during a preliminary hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

The older boy said he had only known Latrell Franklin for a month before the Oct. 14 shooting.

The victim said he and his three friends went to a gas station after school when Latrell, who goes by the nickname “Rondo,” came up to them and “hopped” into their conversation.

The older teen said he told Latrell to mind his own business and soon they both started calling each other “bitches.”

The victim said he and his friends and Latrell went their separate ways at a nearby alley.

But then he saw Latrell come back “jogging” with a gun extended in his hand, in the 1700 block of Montvale Avenue.

The 17-year-old said Latrell fired toward him six times.

Latrell, of the 5800 block of South Marshfield, has been charged as adult with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

After the victim was hit twice, the boy said he crashed to the pavement on his stomach.

Then, he said, Latrell, came up to him, laughing, and shot him in the head before running away.

The victim said he still suffers from vision problems as a result of the shooting.

He limped toward his mother after the brief hearing.

Latrell’s mother was also in court. Latrell is being held in custody on a $800,000 bond.

Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas found probable cause to try Latrell in the boy’s shooting.

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