16-year-old fatally shot at South Side basketball court

CHICAGO –The boy who was shot and killed at a basketball court on the Southeast Side was going to be a junior at Tilden High School.

His family says he was just visiting a friend in the neighborhood and all they wanted to do was play basketball.

The boys has been identified as 16-year-old Kejuan Thomas. He lived in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood and his mom said he loved to play basketball.

That's what he was doing Wednesday before he was murdered on the court near 97th and Yates.

“I mean he was focused on basketball, it’s just senseless," said Dominique Mosley, who played basketball with Thomas.

Neighbors say they often saw Thomas playing in the neighborhood.

“I see him at 9 o clock in the morning playing basketball, that’s all I see. I don’t see him gang banging or doing anything crazy," said Erica Robertson, who lives next to the basketball court.

The basketball courts in Bradley Park are next to a field house. Dozens of kids come here each summer for camp.

The camp ended earlier this month but neighbors say there were plenty of kids around during today's shooting.

"I hear about 4 or 5 gunshots. Immediately I ran over there because I heard screaming," said George Hudson, who lives in neighborhood.

Thomas was playing basketball with five to seven other boys when police say a car pulled up and someone started shooting just before 5 p.m.

This video of the scene shows Thomas; older brother and the friend who he was playing basketball with hugging shortly after he died.

“Basketball is kind of like this neighborhood’s main resource. That’s like where we go to," said Mosley.

Many people on this block have lived here for decades. They say this is the third shooting in the area just this year.

“A lot of shootings happening in Chicago and it shouldn’t be happening, you know, it’s real bad. It’s sad," said Hudson.

Neighbors say the men who might have been involved in this shooting had hoodies tied over their faces but neighbors also say there are cameras at the basketball court and they are hoping police will get a good look at whoever did this.

At this point police do not have anyone in custody and the investigation is ongoing.