'Senseless act of violence': Lightfoot on fatal shooting outside West Side high School

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot gave her thoughts in response to a shooting outside Juarez Benito High School that left two people dead and two injured, saying the incident was a "senseless act of violence and disregard for life."

The shooting happened around 1:50 p.m. in the 2100 block of South Laflin Street, just as classes were starting to be dismissed on Friday.

Brandon Perez, 15, and a 14-year-old boy whose name has not been released were pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital. Both boys suffered gunshot wounds to the head, according to Chicago police.

"I am beyond outraged by this incident, which highlights the pressing need for illegal guns to be taken off our streets and out of the hands of those seeking to cause harm," Lightfoot said in a statement.

She also offered her condolences to the families of the victims. "This incident is undoubtedly upsetting and unfortunately builds on the trauma that far too many of our residents have experienced with gun violence."

Lightfoot said the city is working with police in the 12th district to identify and locate whoever was responsible for the deadly shooting and urged the public to step forward if they have any information.

Chicago police released photos Saturday morning of a person believed to be connected with the shooting, but need help in identifying the individual.

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"This cannot be who we are as a city - we must do better for our young people and the rest of our residents, who all deserve to feel and be safe."

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