12-Year-Old Shot In Cold Blood While Walking To Buy Chips

by
Cierra Bailey
A 12-year-old boy and his 14-year-old cousin were victims of a shooting that took place while they were walking to a nearby convenience store, only one survived.

 

A 12-year-old boy in San Bernardino, California was shot to death in a hail of bullets as he and his cousin were walking to a convenience store.

 Jason Spears, 12, and his cousin Terrance Spears, 14, were reportedly walking to a local store when someone opened fire from a dark SUV. Jason was killed, but his cousin survived.

According to The Root, an increase in gang activity in their neighborhood prompted police to step up patrols in the area, but alas authorities were nowhere to be found during this tragic incident.

Although their home was surrounded by violence, Jason’s aunt Shaunte Spears said neither of the boys was involved in a gang.

"We sit at our house. We talk to our neighbors. That's it," she told the Riverside Press-Enterprise, according to AP. "Now my sister has to bury her 12-year-old son. For what? Because he went to the store to get some chips?"

After the shooting, Jason and Terrance were able to run to the nearby store to take cover, but Jason collapsed outside and died soon after.

Police claim they are “going to pull out all the stops” to find who carried out this horrific shooting, but with tensions between law enforcement and black communities extremely high, their search may not yield many results.

The cause for this could have been a number of things including mistaken identity or someone’s gang initiation.

This type of senseless violence is beyond disheartening and holds up a mirror to one of the country’s worst problems: gun violence.

The U.S. is plagued by an overwhelming number of shooting deaths due to gang violence, police brutality, terrorism, disgruntled employees, accidental shootings, and firearms getting into the hands of the mentally ill. Children, especially, do not deserve this fate. 

Banner Photo Credit: Wikimedia user St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office

 

A 12-year-old boy in San Bernardino, California was shot to death in a hail of bullets as he and his cousin were walking to a convenience store.

 Jason Spears, 12, and his cousin Terrance Spears, 14, were reportedly walking to a local store when someone opened fire from a dark SUV. Jason was killed, but his cousin survived.

According to The Root, an increase in gang activity in their neighborhood prompted police to step up patrols in the area, but alas authorities were nowhere to be found during this tragic incident.

Although their home was surrounded by violence, Jason’s aunt Shaunte Spears said neither of the boys was involved in a gang.

"We sit at our house. We talk to our neighbors. That's it," she told the Riverside Press-Enterprise, according to AP. "Now my sister has to bury her 12-year-old son. For what? Because he went to the store to get some chips?"

After the shooting, Jason and Terrance were able to run to the nearby store to take cover, but Jason collapsed outside and died soon after.

Police claim they are “going to pull out all the stops” to find who carried out this horrific shooting, but with tensions between law enforcement and black communities extremely high, their search may not yield many results.

The cause for this could have been a number of things including mistaken identity or someone’s gang initiation.

This type of senseless violence is beyond disheartening and holds up a mirror to one of the country’s worst problems: gun violence.

The U.S. is plagued by an overwhelming number of shooting deaths due to gang violence, police brutality, terrorism, disgruntled employees, accidental shootings, and firearms getting into the hands of the mentally ill. Children, especially, do not deserve this fate. 

Banner Photo Credit: Wikimedia user St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office

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