Mother grieves over teen shot by cops on West Side
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE May 5, 2013 5:00PM
Updated: June 7, 2013 6:28AM
The grieving mother of a 16-year-old boy police shot Sunday afternoon on the West Side said her son was shot “in cold blood.”
Jutuan Brown stood outside her Lawndale home one day after the shooting, saying her boy, Tywon Jones, was an ordinary teenager not involved in gang life.
A Chicago Police officer fatally shot the boy, who authorities say was firing a gun at pedestrians Sunday afternoon in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side.
Officers saw the teenager on a bicycle shooting at pedestrians near Roosevelt and Independence about 4 p.m. on Sunday, police said. When officers followed Jones, he shot at the them. Police returned fire, hitting him.
Family members said Monday they noticed nothing unusual about Jones in the hours leading up to his confrontation with police.
His mother said in an interview Monday that her treatment at Mt. Sinai Hospital, where she went to identify her son Sunday evening, only added to her pain.
“They ain’t telling me nothing,” Brown said. “They gave me five seconds to identify my son and then they put me out of the hospital.”
Brown added, “I couldn’t even see my baby’s whole body. They stopped me at the neck.”
Jones’ family said the teen was a fun-loving kid who liked to play basketball and enjoyed rap music. Brown said she’d last seen her son at breakfast Sunday. He left and told family he’d be back later. Jones wasn’t in school but was in the processing of registering for high school, his family said.
Jones’ older brother, Tim Triplett, said the two had played basketball near their home Sunday afternoon and Triplett hadn’t sensed anything was wrong.
“I asked him for a dollar — because I didn’t have any change . . . And then he left,” Triplett said.
Triplett said he and his younger brother did everything together. If Triplett bought a certain kind of basketball shoes, Jones would buy the same pair.
“He just wanted to be like me,” Triplett said.
At the scene of the shooting, officers also recovered a handgun.
The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.
Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, said after police officers saw the boy firing at civilians, “The officers beeped their sirens and flashed their lights, but the offender on the bike kept riding and turned twice to shoot at police, firing a shot both times. The third time the offender turned to shoot, the officer in the passenger seat, fearing for his life, shot the offender.
“Look, you’ve got an offender riding down the street shooting at people. This isn’t the Wild Wild West,” he said.
A bike was lying on the ground at the shooting scene, and another bike was on the ground — cordoned off by police tape — in the parking lot of the BP gas station at Roosevelt and Independence. An employee at the BP said police were planning to examine footage from the station’s security camera.
A witness, Shashica Hopson, 23, a nursing student at Malcolm X College, said she had seen a fight near the scene a few minutes before police arrived. Hopson, along with several other witnesses at the scene, said the teen on the bike had been exchanging gunfire with another teen who was on foot.