Tywon Jones Shot: Chicago Police Fatally Shoot 16-Year-Old Firing At Pedestrians As 9 Hurt Over Weekend

Chicago police fatally shot a 16-year-old boy in the North Lawndale neighborhood early Sunday evening after the teen was allegedly firing on pedestrians from his bike and then aimed at law enforcement.

Monday morning, the Cook County medical examiner's office identified the teen as Tywon Jones, who was pronounced dead at 4:51 p.m. Sunday following the shootout, the Tribune reports.

Witnesses on the scene near Roosevelt and Independence told police they saw a fight nearby where Jones was allegedly trading gunfire on his bike with another person on foot, the Sun-Times reports. Officers reportedly saw Jones firing on pedestrians around 4 p.m. and pursued him.

“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," a police spokesman told the Sun-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,” the spokesman said.

The shooting is under investigation by the Independent Police Review Authority.

Nine more people were injured in shootings over the weekend, with six of those wounded just overnight.

Just after midnight on Monday, three men were shot in the West Englewood neighborhood in an incident police believe may have been gang-related, DNAinfo Chicago reports. The men, aged 22 to 31, were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

The remaining shootings took place around the city starting Saturday afternoon. No one was in custody in any of the incidents as detectives continue to investigate.

After a bloody start to May, Chicago police said the overall homicide rate was down after there was a sharp decrease in killings during April.

"We're going to have good days, we're going to have bad days," Supt. Garry McCarthy told NBC Chicago. "The first four months of this year, we're in a position we haven't been in since the mid-'60s as far as the murder rate goes."



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