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Police release video of shooting that killed 14-year-old in Englewood

The video shows one suspect in a bright yellow sweatshirt and dark pants.

Vernado Jones (left) was killed July 4, 2020, when four gunmen (one pictured, right) opened fired on a crowd in Englewood, police say.
Vernado Jones (left) was killed July 4, 2020, when four gunmen (one pictured, right) opened fired on a crowd in Englewood, police say.
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Police are seeking the public’s help identifying a gunman who allegedly participated in shooting eight people on the Fourth of July in Englewood, killing a 14-year-old boy and three men.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the shooters that killed 14-year-old Vernado Jones.

Police on Tuesday released video of the shooting showing one suspect in a bright yellow sweatshirt and dark pants.

The victims were at a large gathering in the street about 11:35 p.m. in the 6100 block of South Carpenter Street when four males walked up and started shooting, Chicago police said.

Jones was hit in the back and later pronounced dead at Comer Children’s Hospital, authorities said.

Three other men died. Officials identified them as Ernest Franklin, 30, Cartier Tivon Warner, 26, and Andre Parnell Osborne, 53. The injured include two boys, ages 11 and 15, and two other men.

Vernado is one of several children who died in gun violence in the past month.

Fifteen children have been shot to death in Chicago since June 20, according to Sun-Times records. Five of the victims were 10 years old or younger.

Hours before Vernado’s murder, 7-year-old Natalia Wallace died after being shot while visiting her grandmother at a party in the Austin neighborhood.

Anyone with information to call Area One detectives at 312-747-8380 or Detective DeJesus at 773-664-4633.

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