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.
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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