By Liam Ford, Gregory Pratt and Peter Nickeas
11:15 AM EDT, July 7, 2014
Two of the five people shot by Chicago police over 36 hours were boys ages 14 and 16, both of them killed when they refused to drop their guns, officials said.
The 14-year-old was fatally shot by police Friday night in the Old Irving Park neighborhood when he allegedly pointed a "large revolver" at pursuing officers, but authorities did not release his name and age until Sunday night. He was identified as Pedro Rios, of the 7400 block of North Ashland Avenue.
The 16-year-old, identified by family as Warren Robinson, was shot and killed less than 24 hours later in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side as he crawled out from a car with a gun in his hand, police said.
The three other people shot by Chicago police did not die. They included:
• A man shot Saturday night in West Englewood when officers chased him from a party and he allegedly pointed a gun at them.
• A 23-year-old man wounded Friday morning during a chase down an alley in Englewood when he also pointed a gun at police, officials said.
• A 45-year-old man shot in Rogers Park when he was chased by officers for drinking in public and claimed to have a gun, officials said. No gun was recovered.
All of the shootings are being reviewed by the Independent Police Review Authority, which is routine.
The 14-year-old was shot at Cicero and Berenice avenues around 9:50 p.m. Friday after officers saw him crossing Cicero heading east with something sticking out of his waistband and tried to stop him, police said.
Rios took off running and then pointed a "a large revolver" at pursuing officers, according to a statement released by the police department.
"It turned out to be a .44 caliber revolver with an 8- or 10-inch barrel," Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said. "A Dirty Harry-looking gun."
Officers fired and hit him, police said. He was pronounced dead about 10:10 p.m., according to the medical examiner's office, which did not release his name until late Sunday. The boy's family could not be reached for comment.
The 16-year-old was shot after officers were called to 87th and Morgan streets around 6:30 p.m. Saturday about someone firing shots in the area, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said at the scene.
Officers started chasing Robinson because he matched the caller's description, but lost him for a few minutes when he ducked into a gangway between Morgan and Sangamon Avenue, Camden said.
Robinson tried to blend in at a party in the 8700 block of South Morgan Street but left and jumped a fence when the people at the party started complaining, police said.
The boy then hid under a car as officers caught up with him, police said. He began getting out from under the car and the officers told him to drop the gun, Camden said. He did not and the officers shot him, Camden said.
Police recovered a small .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun at the scene, Camden said.
Friends and family at the scene said Robinson was three days away from his 17th birthday. They said they had heard conflicting versions of what happened from neighbors and questioned the police account.
“The police killed him,” said Robinson’s mother, Georgina Utendahl, who said officers would give her no information about the shooting. “Why they killed him, I don’t know.
"We want answers. We've been up here since 7," she said. "I asked if he's DOA, they said, 'It's not promising.' He had no I.D. We don't know if they moved him. I can't see him. I'm trying to figure out why we can't see him."
A woman who lives on the block, Keiyana Hawkins, said she went outside to search for her children after she heard gunfire. She said she saw a young man running and surrendering with raised hands when a police officer opened fired.
Utendahl said her son liked to dance and had a sense of humor. He was the oldest of five children.
Willy Glenn, 17, said friends were planning a birthday party for Robinson. He said Robinson had a great sense of humor. “He was always laughing,” Glenn said.
She acknowledged that he’d had trouble with the law but didn’t think he was a “notorious gangster.”
The boy would sometimes accompany his grandmother to church, his family said.
“He was a good young man,” Utendahl said. “He didn’t deserve to be gunned down.”
In the other police shootings:
• Around 9 p.m. Saturday, officers were trying to interview people drinking on a porch in the 7000 block of South Hermitage Avenue when one of them took off running and officers chased him, police said in a statement.
The man pulled a gun from his waistband while he was running, according to a statement from the Police Department.
Officers opened fire after the man turned toward them and pointed the gun, police said. His condition was not known.
• Around 4 a.m. Friday, police responded to a 911 call of a man with a gun at 74th Street and Princeton Avenue, Camden said. When a beat car pulled up, Dominiq Greer, 23, ran off and an officer chased him into an alley just east of Vincennes Avenue and north of 75th Street, he said.
Greer threw the gun while fleeing police, causing it to discharge, according to Cook County court records. A police officer returned fire, according to prosecutors.
Greer remained hospitalized Sunday. He was charged with unauthorized use of a weapon by a felon and ordered held on $150,000 bail.
Police took a gun into evidence from the scene, according to Camden. “That’s the one guarantee in life. You shoot at police, they’re gonna shoot back,” he said.
• Later in the morning, around 11:25 a.m., police shot and wounded a man in the 1500 block of West Birchwood Avenue in Rogers Park, officials said.
A police statement said Rogers Park plainclothes officers were on patrol when they saw Lavail Smith, 45, "drinking on the public way. As officers approached to conduct a field interview, the offender fled on foot.
"The officers gave chase as the offender ran through an apartment complex and forced entry into an occupied residence," the statement said. "Officers continued to pursue and were confronted by the offender in a backyard gangway area. At this point, the offender stopped and yelled, 'I have a gun, you’ll have to shoot me,' while simultaneously reaching for his waistband and turning towards the officers.
"Pursuing officers, fearing for their lives and that of their partners, fired at the offender, wounding him," the statement said. The man turned out not to have a gun, police said.
Smith, of the 1500 block of West Fargo Avenue, was taken in serious to critical condition to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, according to Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford and Cook County court records.
He faces a felony criminal trespass to residence charge, and misdemeanor aggravated assault, battery and resisting charges, as well as a citation for drinking in public, according to court records. Greer remained hospitalized Sunday, charged with unauthorized use of a weapon by a felon and ordered held on $150,000 bail.
Camden said Smith was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet on his ankle. When officers took him into custody, he was “thanking them for shooting him,’’ Camden said.
“Once you’ve labeled that threat -- 'I’ve got a gun, I’m going to shoot you' -- at that point you have to assume the worst case scenario,’’ Camden said.
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