The Gist: A 16-year-old is in the hospital with a leg wound after police say the teen fired multiple shots at a police officer during a foot chase.
What Happened: The series of events kicked off around 6:30 a.m. when a mother called 911, concerned that her teenage son was armed and possibly using drugs. An officer was dispatched to Chase Lane. After his mother identified him in the parking lot, police say the teenager attempted to flee, leading the officer on a foot pursuit.
According to police, when the chase reached the 500 building, the teenager turned and fired multiple shots at the officer. The officer returned fire, hitting the teenager in the leg.
What’s Next: The teenager is currently in the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Criminal charges against him are forthcoming. Investigators are looking into how the teen got hold of two firearms.
⚠️ Reminder: Crime articles contain only charges and information from police reports and law enforcement statements. Suspects and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Gun Crimes: In the ongoing narrative of America’s complex relationship with firearms, statistics tell a tale that’s difficult to ignore. The Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit meticulously tracking gun incidents, lays it out in black and white. Here’s how it stacks up:
- 2020 Statistics
- Total gun-related incidents: 43,551
- Gun-related deaths: 19,379
- Gun-related injuries: 39,707
- Mass shootings: 612
- 2019 Statistics
- Total gun-related incidents: 39,707
- Gun-related deaths: 15,208
- Gun-related injuries: 29,613
- Mass shootings: 417
To Be Clear: These aren’t just digits on a page. Each statistic represents a life affected, a community shaken. And what’s more, these numbers tell us that the situation isn’t improving.