A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed by police in the Gresham neighborhood over the Fourth of July weekend. Warren Robinson, known to friends as Cutthroat Tunchie, was shot Saturday after police say he pointed a gun at them, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Robinson’s death came after he hid under a car following a foot chase with police. Police allege Robinson didn’t drop his weapon upon getting out from under the car.
Robinson’s shooting death sparked a tense standoff between Gresham residents and police.
“They shot him over 20 times and his body is still lying in the alley,” Robinson’s mother Georgina Utehdahl told CBS Chicago the day of her son’s death.
“His last words was please don’t kill me,” a witness calming Utehdahl told the CBS Chicago.
Police say they recovered a small .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun at the scene, according to the Tribune.
Utehdahl is denying the police’s claims her son was armed.
“He didn’t have a gun on him,” Utehdahl told ABC 7 Chicago. “I have witnesses that said they seen him running from some other people and the police shot him.”
Tunchie’s death sent shockwaves through the South Side Community. Many residents took to social media to mourn his death.
Tunchie was a week away from celebrating his 17th birthday and the oldest of five children.
There were a total of five police-related shootings over the weekend, according to Chicago Sun-Times. There were more than 60 shootings and nine shooting deaths.
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