CHICAGO — A 25-year-old man was shot by Chicago police Monday in North Lawndale.
COPA is investigating the incident as an officer-involved shooting.
It happened in the 2100 block of South St. Louis Avenue around noon.
Chicago fire said a man in his 20s, identified by family members as Javontay Kindred, was transported in critical condition.
According to the wounded man’s family, he was unarmed before the shooting. However, the scanner traffic radio obtained by WGN News reveals that police at the scene stated that they recovered a weapon.
The wounded man’s sister, Ebony Chapman, spoke to WGN News in the aftermath of the shooting.
“They said he has a gun but he showed that he didn’t have a gun,” she said. “So he started running, but he stopped and surrendered, and you shoot him. Then he falls to the ground, you stand over him, and you shoot him again.”
Crown Academy is just a block and a half from the incident. School administrators moved quickly in response to the shooting. In a written statement, spokespeople for Chicago Public Schools said in part: “We immediately brought all students and staff inside the school building and contacted the CPS Office of Safety and Security, who in turn contacted the Chicago Police Department (CPD). CPD informed us the area was secure and there was no longer a safety threat.”
SkyCam9 over the scene showed multiple community members in the street. The scene was in the street next to Plaza Food and Liquors.
Anyone with information is asked to call (312) 746-3609.