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Mayor Lightfoot Wants To Know Who Gave 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo A Gun

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Police claim Adam Toledo had a gun when police shot and killed him last week, and now, Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to know who gave it to him. But as CBS 2's Marie Saavedra reports, repercussions for supplying guns to minors are rare.

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- Tonight we are learning protesters are planning a car caravan through the Gold Coast tomorrow night demanding the city release video showing the deadly shooting of seven-- rather 13-year-old Adam Toledo. Police claim the boy had a gun. And tonight, the mayor wants to know how he got that gun. Here's CBS News Marie Saavedra.

MARIE SAAVEDRA: 10 days since the death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo and the details are few. We know Chicago police shot and killed the teen. They say he had this gun. Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to know why.

MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT: Let's be clear, an adult put a gun in a child's hand.

MARIE SAAVEDRA: More than a want, it's a demand that she made Monday.

MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT: I have directed the superintendent and the Chief of Detectives to use every resource to track down the origins of this gun through tracing, fingerprinting, and DNA, and any other means, and to find the person responsible for giving it to Adam.

MARIE SAAVEDRA: While the intention to punish is there, we found reality is very different.

TOM VANDEN BERK: Our system is just too lax.

MARIE SAAVEDRA: For Tom Vanden Berk, the issue of gun violence is personal. He lost his son to it in the '90s and now works to stop it as part of the nonprofit Ucan in North Lawndale.

TOM VANDEN BERK: There's so many ways that youth and community folks can get guns and can get them with very little, uh, consequence.

MARIE SAAVEDRA: Under criminal offenses in Illinois statutes, you'll see unlawful sale or delivery of firearms to any person under 18 years of age. But for as common as this crime is, repercussions are rare. Our data team at CBS 2 dug into the numbers from the Cook County state's attorney's office from 2012 through 2020. In those eight years, prosecutors charged just 11 adults with giving kids under 18 a weapon. Only six were convicted. Adults can be charged for giving kids guns.

TOM VANDEN BERK: They can be charged.

MARIE SAAVEDRA: But it's so rarely happening.

TOM VANDEN BERK: It's so rarely happening because very seldom is it ever proven or shown, or demonstrated, or is there a way to do it.

MARIE SAAVEDRA: Why is that? First, we know people know how kids are getting guns, but good luck getting any of them to talk to you about it. Then, even if someone does talk, legal experts tell me it is extremely difficult to prove their word is good in court beyond a reasonable doubt. All this makes meeting Mayor Lightfoot's demand in Toledo's case seem unlikely, no matter how good the intention.

MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT: This happens way too often in our city and it's way past time for us to say, no more.

MARIE SAAVEDRA: In the loop, Marie Saavedra, CBS 2 News.