Chicago police find shot to death a 15 - year - old boy who lived down the block from President Barack Obama ' s Hyde Park home.

The body of Cornelius German was found in a backyard after officers responded to a call of shots fired in South Evans Avenue around 9:40 p. m. local time on Monday. German was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his back, police said. No other details of the shooting were available. The United States, has for many years, been engaged in shooting incidents, many of them in schools and universities. The country has been debating gun - control laws following a series of tragic shootings in the past months. Four months after the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a new Poll finds support for a new gun - control law fading. On December 14,2012, the 20 - year - old Adam Lanza fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members in a mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Before driving to the school, Lanza had shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. The incident was the second deadliest mass shooting by a single person in American history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. In 2007, Seung - Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks, approximately two hours apart, before committing suicide.