Teen faces charges in Fuller Park shooting that left boy, 14, dead, four others wounded

Police said the teen opened fire at officers who arrived on scene and they returned fire.

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Chicago police work the scene of a shooting that left a 14-year-old dead and four others wounded in Fuller Park, Thursday, June 1, 2023.

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A 16-year-old boy is facing charges in a shooting in Fuller Park Wednesday that left a 14-year-old boy dead and four others wounded.

The 16-year-old, who hasn’t been identified because he’s a juvenile, was part of a group who opened fire shortly before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at another group in the 4200 block of South Wells Street, Chicago police said.

Officers responding to a shotspotter report saw the teen holding a gun and multiple people on the ground, police said. The teen then allegedly raised the gun and fired at officers, leading the officers to return fire.

The boy ran but was quickly taken into custody and found to have suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken for treatment, police said. It wasn’t immediately clear if he remained hospitalized Saturday.

Police said it wasn’t immediately known whether the boy had been wounded by police or had been shot before officers arrived.

The 14-year-old shot in the chest was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center and pronounced dead, police said. Also wounded were two men, ages 18 and 19, who were hospitalized in critical condition and a 21-year-old woman who was shot in her hand.

Police said the teen was charged with multiple counts of attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

Based on the charges and the teen’s age, he could be transferred to adult court.

As with all police shootings, the officers’ use of force is being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. The officers involved will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days.

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