Updated: January 24, 2014 6:29AM
Two teenage boys were shot Sunday evening in the Roseland neighborhood when Chicago Police opened fire on a stolen car packed full of joyriders.
About 5 p.m., police pulled over a speeding stolen car near 95th and La Salle, according to a statement from the News Affairs office.
After the car stopped, the driver got out of the car and ran away, according to the statement. As more officers arrived at the scene, a passenger in the stolen vehicle moved into the driver’s seat and put the vehicle in reverse.
Fearing that people in car the could face harm, an officer discharged his weapon, striking two teenage boys inside the vehicle, the statement said. They were placed in custody and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center.
No officers were injured in incident, and a weapon was recovered from the scene, the statement said.
Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden’s narrative of the incident was different from the News Affairs statement. He said there were seven people in the car, and after the car stopped, a passenger got out through the rear driver’s side door. The driver backed up and hit the passenger. Officers then began walking up to the car, telling the driver to stop, but the car began to pull away, dragging the passenger, Camden said.
Concerned with the safety of the person being dragged, officers opened fire on the car, striking two teens inside. Camden said the teens’ injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. Camden also said a replica weapon was found in the vehicle.
At the scene, a large crowd gathered while the sedan sat about half a block north of 95th on La Salle with its front end up against a light pole and the passenger doors wide open. Evidence markers littered the street.
The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.
Contributing: Sam Charles