The 45-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a Black assistant principal last week is facing no criminal charges, according to ABC 7 Chicago. Family members have identified the victim as 32-year-old Abnerd Joseph and are wondering why police have released the suspected shooter from custody.
Police said the shooting happened at a high-rise building in the first block of East Monroe Street around 7:30 p.m. on September 14. Officers claim the suspect, who had a concealed carry license, and Joseph were involved in an altercation before the shooting. They haven't released any details about what led up to shots being fired.
Joseph served as the assistant principal at KIPP STRIVE Academy and KIPP Vision Primary School in Atlanta for five years before his current role at Intrinsic Schools in Chicago. Both communities are remembering the impact he left on students as they mourn. They, too, want more answers about the fatal confrontation.
“We’re just going to continue to push for more answers, for security footage, people have ring door cameras," Sheree Oats, a friend of Joseph, told WSB-TV in Atlanta. "I think we want and I want as his friend just to have some transparency."
The shooting remains under investigation. Chicago Police have not released any more information as of Thursday (September 21).