A 14-year-old boy was injured late Thursday night after he was shot by police on Chicago’s South Side.
Officers responded to a call of “shots fired” just after 10:30 p.m. on the 8900 block of South Escanaba, according to authorities. Witnesses told police the shooters were on bicycles.
The responding officers spotted two people on bicycles matching the description of the alleged shooters and tried to stop the pair.
The officers noticed one of the bicyclists had a “bulge in his pocket" and when they asked what the bulge was, the teen ran, police said.
“At this point the officer noticed the offender was carrying the weapon, which was the bulge, in his hand,” said Area South Executive Officer Christopher Fletcher. “After repeated attempts to stop and drop the weapon, the subject refused. One officer shot the offender striking him once in the leg.”
Police said a gun was recovered at the scene.
The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital where his condition was not immediately known.