(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Preliminary information suggests a 13-year-old boy shot and critically wounded by a Chicago police officer during a traffic stop Wednesday evening was likely involved in an earlier carjacking in Oak Park, Supt. David Brown said.
The police-involved shooting occurred following a traffic stop near Chicago and Cicero avenues on the West Side.
One of the occupants inside the vehicle fled on foot onto a gas station property when he turned toward an officer, Brown said.
“The officer then discharges his weapon, striking the individual once,” Brown told reporters Thursday evening.
The 13-year-old boy was taken into custody and to Stroger Hospital, said Brown, who declined to offer specifics, citing an investigation by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. He said many cameras had recorded the shooting.
"We’re not going to speculate,” he said.
The vehicle police had tried to pull over sped off, with the other person inside evading arrest, Brown said.
Reports have suggested the wounded boy was unarmed. Brown did not say whether that was the case.