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CHICAGO — Police in Chicago say an officer shot a 17-year-old boy who had approached his patrol car with a gun.

The incident happened outside a Family Dollar store around 9:30 p.m. Monday on the 7900 block of South Yates Boulevard in the South Chicago neighborhood.

The officer was sitting in his vehicle in the dollar store's parking lot, when he was approached by a male who pointed a gun at him, according to police spokesman Al Stinites. The officer then shot the male.

A gun was recovered on scene.

The suspect was identified as 17-year-old Kevon Purell, he's recovering from a gun shot to the chest at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Purell's mother says she last saw her son leaving the house to go to McDonald's a few blocks away to get some food.

She said she woke up to police knocking on her door around midnight, saying her son had been shot.

Detective are combing the area, looking for surveillance footage.

The officer involved was placed on administrative duty for 30 days.