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Jalen Stogner, Chicago Teen, Fatally Shot In Front Of His Mother Outside Laundromat

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Both homicides and shootings have markedly increased this year over last in Chicago.
Both homicides and shootings have markedly increased this year over last in Chicago.

A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot Friday outside of a laundromat on Chicago's South Side during a tragic altercation his mother and sibling both witnessed.

Jalen Stogner had been with his mother and 10-year-old brother at the laundromat in the 4800 block of South Ashland Avenue when, around 4:20 p.m., Stogner got into an argument with a man in the parking lot outside, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The argument sparked when the two males began exchanging dirty looks, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The other man pulled out a gun during the argument and Stogner was struck in the back after he tried to run away, according to ABC Chicago. He was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital.

No arrests have been made in the shooting as of Saturday afternoon.

Later Friday evening, the outspoken Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church led a vigil calling for peace in Chicago's streets, ABC reports. Hundreds took part in the event.

"It's too much moms crying," Sonya Minter, the mother of 24-year-old Jabari Minter, who was fatally shot Wednesday evening in the Gresham neighborhood, told the station. "This hurts. I don't even have tears anymore."

At least seven people were wounded in shootings citywide Friday evening into early Saturday in Chicago, NBC Chicago reports.

Earlier Friday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced that 50 federal agents will be joining Chicago police and the Department of Justice to expand the city's violence reduction initiative. Emanuel and McCarthy say the new initiative has already been effective in two of Chicago's most crime-ridden police districts.

Pfleger previously participated in a HuffPost Live segment addressing gun violence in Chicago. (Watch the video below.)

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