Fewer than 200 students attend Roosevelt Junior High School in Dolton. They all know each other. Monday, grief counselors met students to talk with them about a fellow student’s killing. Officers responded to a call of shots fired around 7:25 p.m. Sunday and found Rashad Oliver, 14, with a gunshot wound to the head in the 14300 block of Dearborn Street, according to a statement from Riverdale police. He lived just blocks away on the first block of East 144th Street in Riverdale, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Rashad was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 9:39 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Rashad was a junior high school student in Dolton Riverdale School District 148, where counselors were on hand Monday, police said.
Dolton-Riverdale District 148 Superintendent Jayne Purcell told WGN Oliver was well-liked, a popular boy who made the other students laugh.
Diane Summitt heard the gunshots and called 911 when she saw Oliver on the ground outside her apartment.
“It’s just, ‘Pow pow pow,’ and then I jumped up and looked out the window,” Summitt said. “I see that little boy every morning going to school. Picking up the little boy over there. I see them every morning. I just couldn’t believe that somebody would shoot him for no reason. There was no arguments or nothing outside.”
Witnesses say they saw a a teenage boy running away from the scene after the shooting. Riverdale police say they have made no arrests.
The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force was assisting Riverdale police in the homicide investigation, authorities said.