A gunman firing shots on the West Side was fatally shot by police in the Lawndale neighborhood this afternoon.
Police sources said the man shot by police has died at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Officers responded to a call of a battery in progress at 4:19 p.m. in the 1300 block of South Independence Boulevard.
According to police, when officers got to the scene, they found a man firing a gun at someone. Officers intervened and shot the gunman
The gunman, who is 15 or 16,Tywon Jones, of the 1600 block of South Hamlin Avenue, was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital , according to Pat Camden, a police union spokesman.
It happened in the 1300 block of South Independence Boulevard in the Lawndale neighborhood.
At about 4:10 p.m. Ogden District tactical officers were northbound on Independence Boulevard approaching Roosevelt Road when they heard gunshots coming from the west side of Indedepence, .
When the officers made a u-turn and crossed the median they spotted the offender firing shots at pedestrians and fleeing southbound on a bicycle while brandishing a handgun, the statement said.
“He was riding a bicycle firing at people on the street,’’ Camden said.
The officers were pursuing the offender when he turned towards the officers and fired shots at them, prompting the officers to fire their weapons and hit the gunman, the statement said.
“They’re right behind him in an unmarked car beeping their sirens and flashing their lights when he turns around, twice, and fired at the squad car,’’ Camden said.
“The third time he turned around, the passenger in the squad car fired at him and hit him,’’ Camden said. “He was DOA at Mount Sinai.’’