Police shoot boy, 13, holding BB Gun

Written By Timothy Fitz on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 | 7/26/2011 01:45:00 AM


Jimmell Cannon. Facebook photo.
Monday, July 25, 2011, around 11 p.m., Chicago police shot 13-year-old Jimmell Cannon in Chicago's West Humboldt Park neighborhood.

The shooting occurred on the 1000 block of North Kedvale Avenue, near Kedvale and Augusta Boulevard.

An officer at the scene identified Cannon as an "offender", when referring to the injured boy over the police radio.

At the time of the shooting, police say Cannon was holding a BB gun.

Andrea McClay, who claims to have witnessed the shooting, said the Piccolo Specialty School student was unarmed and had both hands in the air, when police shot him several times.

McClay told WGN-TV that Cannon was shot eight times.

The Chicago Police Department said the shooting was justified.

Authorities said they ordered Cannon to stop, but he ran, then turned and pointed the BB gun in their direction. Forcing an officer to open fire.

Officers may have been on edge, because during the time the teenager was shot, cops were also investigating a shooting at 4326 West Walton Street.

That address is several blocks away from the police-involved shooting at Kedvale and Augusta.

Residents near Kedvale and Augusta were said to be outraged by the latest police shooting.

In fact, the scene was so intense, several request for back up were made, including a call for "rapid" assistance.

A large crowd was gathered at the scene of the shooting and cops were afraid things were about to get out of control, said one source.

Detailed information regarding the shooting on Walton Street was not disclosed.

However, Cannon was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.

Copyright © 2011 - Chicago News Report

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