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Father’s Day weekend violence in Chicago

More than 40 people were shot, and 7 were killed, over the Father’s Day weekend in Chicago.

Among those killed was a 15-year-old boy who was shot by police.

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Police officers shot and killed a 15-year-old boy late Sunday night on the city’s South Side.

It happened just before 11 p.m. in the 6600 block of South Sangamon Street in Englewood.


Michael Westley

Officers say they heard gunshots in the area and then saw three men running down a street. When they tried to stop the teen, he took off down an alley and reportedly turned and pointed a gun at the officers.

Relatives identify the teen as Michael Westley.

They say he was playing with fireworks and was not shooting a gun.

The incident is under investigation by the independent police review authority.

At least 41 people were shot during a violent Father’s Day weekend across the city.

Of those 41 people, seven are dead. One of those incidents was a police involved shooting.

Chicago police shot and killed a man they say ran from a car that was pulled over for a traffic violation in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood near 16th and Springfield.

According to Fraternal Order of Police spokesman, Pat Camden, “A passenger jumped out of the car. The officers started chasing the passenger. They were chasing him down the alley. He fell. They could see as he was running that he had a gun in his belt in his back. As he fell to the ground, he was crawling and reaching for the gun at the same time. At that point the officers opened fire.”

The mother of the victim said her son, Antwon Johnson, ran from the police because he was scared, not because he did anything wrong.
“They didn’t even give him time to stop. No call or anything. They just shot my son in the back,” said the Johnson’s mother Stacy Liberty.

Liberty said she just wants answers and maintains her son is the victim.

“You shot him for no reason. No reason,” Liberty said.

In a separate incident, four men were shot inside of a nightclub at 79th and Ellis in the Grand Crossing neighborhood. Todd Wood, 40, died as a result of his injuries from that shooting when police say someone opened the door to the club and began firing.

In yet another unrelated shooting, 16-year-old Kevin Rivera was killed in the Hermosa neighborhood. Police said someone riding a bicycle shot him in the 4100 block of west North Avenue.

These shootings come on the heels of police officials’ recent claims that crime in the city has been down and neighborhood violence on the decline.

According to Police, all of those incidents are still under investigation. With regard to the shooting at 16th and Springfield, the Independent Police Review Board continues to investigate that case.

At least 26 people were shot during a violent Father’s Day weekend across Chicago