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Chicago police say they were forced to shoot a teenage boy who was shooting his gun at pedestrians on Sunday afternoon. Police say that the boy, who was on a bike, was shooting at people coming by, which led them to pursue the boy. Police then say that after following the boy, he shot at them, forcing them to return fire and kill him.
Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, said the teen on the bike was 15 or 16.
After police officers saw him 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 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.