Obama Calls for Ban on Handshake Lines After Fatal Chicago Shooting

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 at 8:16 am

If the kids playing this basketball game didn’t shake hands after their game, just one life would have been saved. This is simply a “common sense” approach, right?

Two men were charged Friday night in the fatal shooting of a teen-aged boy outside a high school basketball game at Chicago State University.

Michael McNabb, 32, of Chicago, and Stephen Gilbert, 29, of Alsip, were each charged with first-degree murder is the Wednesday night slaying of 17-year-old Tyrone Lawson, officials said.

The shooting happened outdoors, just outside the CSU gymnasium near 95th Street and King Drive about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday after Simeon High School defeated Morgan Park. Lawson, a student at Morgan Park, was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Lawson, of the 11600 block of South Peoria Street, died from multiple gunshot wounds in a homicide, the Cook County medical examiner’s office determined Thursday afternoon. Lawson was shot twice in the back while running away, said Kurtistein Bailey, his 41-year-old aunt. Amid the chaos, someone knelt down and told Lawson to get up but he couldn’t move, his aunt said.

University Police put out a quick message to nearby officers, asking them to watch for a Jeep that was pulled over east of the campus a short time later, Chicago police have said.

Chicago police officers assigned to the South Chicago District brought McNabb and Gilbert into custody after they were riding in the Jeep,  and police found a gun inside the vehicle, police have said.

An argument in a handshake line after the game preceded the shooting, though it’s not clear whether the two were related.  Each team was held for longer than normal in the locker rooms after the game. Nothing outside ordinary bumps and physical contact happened during the game.

Children that were in the crowd are hastily preparing letters and videotaped statements for President Obama pleading with him to ban basketball since this child would be alive today if he hadn’t been playing in the game.

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