A Chicago Police officer fatally shot a teenage boy who was firing a gun at pedestrians Sunday afternoon in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, authorities said.
About 4:10 p.m., officers saw the boy riding a bicycle while shooting at pedestrians near Roosevelt and Independence, according to a statement from police.
Officers followed the boy, who shot at them. Police returned fire, wounding the boy, who later died from his injuries at Mount Sinai Hospital at 4:51 p.m., authorities said.
The boy was identified as 16-year-old Tywon Jones, of the 1600 block of South Hamlin Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Officers also recovered a handgun at the scene.
The shooting is under investigation by the Independent Police Review Authority.
Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, said the teen on the bike was 15 or 16.
After police officers saw the boy firing at civilians, Camden said, “The officers beeped their sirens and flashed their lights, but the offender on the bike kept riding and turned twice to shoot at police, firing a shot both times. The third time the offender turned to shoot, the officer in the passenger seat, fearing for his life, shot the offender.
“Look, you’ve got an offender riding down the street shooting at people. This isn’t the Wild Wild West,” he said.
A bike was lying on the ground at the shooting scene, and another bike was on the ground — cordoned off by police tape — in the parking lot of the BP gas station at Roosevelt and Independence. An employee at the BP said police were planning to examine footage from the the station’s security camera.
A witness, Shashica Hopson, 23, a nursing student at Malcolm X College, said she had seen a fight near the scene a few minutes before police arrived. Hopson, along with several other witnesses at the scene, said the teen on the bike had been exchanging gun fire with another teen who was on foot. Police did not have any information about a second gunman Sunday night.
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