U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., said his 15-year-old grandson, Jovan Wilson, was shot in and killed in a home invasion, possibly over a pair of gym shoes. The teen was at home when two assailants broke into the home and shot him in the head. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo
CHICAGO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The 15-year-old grandson of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis was shot in the head and killed Friday, possibly in a dispute over gym shoes.
Chicago police said Jovan Wilson was in his home in Englewood when two armed assailants forced their way into the home about 6:45 p.m. The teen and the assailants argued, police said. The teen was shot in the head. Davis, a longtime House member who represents Illinois' 7th Congressional District, was not at the home.
"That dispute escalated and turned physical and one of the offenders pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the head," said Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, adding the incident may have sparked in a dispute over sneakers.
Davis had just returned to the Chicago area from Washington, D.C., when he learned of the shooting. He said a 17-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy were behind the home invasion. No arrests have been made.
"Initially it was that he had been shot and then actually the police commander called me and indicated that, there during a home invasion, he had been shot and it didn't look good,'' Davis said.
"Immediately I simply left and came out to the area where it had taken place,'' Davis said. "It's totally disconcerting.''
Davis said his grandson was a typical teen who loved sports and music.
"He liked basketball. If you listened to him he was a basketball star, but he liked basketball and music. All those kinds of things. He was an avid sports fan, he knew all about, you know, the stats of different players," he said.
Gun violence has increased in the Chicago area in 2016 to levels not seen since the 1990s. The city has had 643 murders through Nov. 6. That's a 55 percent increase over the same period last year.