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A CHICAGO man is accused of shooting dead two teens in an alleyway simply because they asked how tall he was.

Laroy Battle, 19, allegedly opened fire on Jasean Francis, 17, and Charles Riley, 16, at around 5pm on June 20 following an exchange in a convenience store.

4 A man identified as Laroy Battle seen running from the scene of the shooting 4 The same man seen in the convenience store minutes before

The incident comes after a spike in homicides in Chicago that followed the lifting of the city’s coronavirus lockdown.

The teenagers, described by police as “very good kids from really excellent families”, and a third friend had reportedly left their mothers and gone to buy candy.

Security footage shows Battle, who is six foot three, crossing a forecourt and entering the store.

The teens didn't know Battle, but are thought to have seen him and asked about his height.

After the exchange, Battle is alleged to have followed the group out of the store and fired at them nine times.

Francis was hit in the chest, back, and hand, while Riley was hit in the back and leg.

Speaking to reporters, Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said: "The victims commented, since Battle is quite tall... they asked him how tall he was and, you know, hoped to be that tall someday.

"And, unfortunately, obviously we'll never see the full growth of these poor children."

Battle was arrested after being identified from security footage released by police following the shooting.

He later admitted to being the person shown in the security footage, though has not offered a full motive for the alleged shooting, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

He faces two charges of first degree murder and has been denied bond.

He is reported to have conviction for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

GUN VIOLENCE SPIKE

The rate of homicide and other crimes plunged in Chicago following the introduction of the city's coronavirus lockdown, but has spiked again since it was lifted.

Francis and Riley were among 15 people, including two other teens and a toddler, killed by gun violence in the city over the Father's Day weekend.

At least 89 others were wounded in shootings.

The spate came just three weeks after the deadliest weekend in Chicago recent history.

Between 7pm on Friday May 29 and 5am on Monday June 1, 25 people were killed and a further 85 were wounded in gun violence.

In a letter to Illinois governor JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, President Trump he was "horrified" by the spike.

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"Your lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people you have sworn to protect," he wrote.

Pritzker dismissed the letter as a "press stunt", while Lightfoot accused the president of "using the victims of gun violence in our city to score cheap political points".

4 Battle was identified after police released security footage 4 Battle seen crossing the forecourt to the store before the shooting

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The officer was not injured.

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