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Police: Juvenile Dead From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Police said a 17-year-old shot himself late Friday night and was pronounced dead shortly after.

Updated April 1, 12:33 a.m.

Updated March 31, 3:30 p.m.

Updated March 31, 12:30 p.m.

A 17-year-old boy from Beverly died late March 30 after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the mouth, according to preliminary autopsy results from the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

According to , the teen was in a garage in Evergreen Park. The Medical Examiner's Office has determined the shooting a suicide.

Police said they responded to a call for a shot subject in the 2600 block of West 99th Street at 11:26 p.m. and found a teenage boy shot, lying on the garage floor.

Paramedics from the who arrived on the scene contacted Ingalls Hospital before pronouncing the teen dead at 11:45 p.m., police said.

The South Suburban Major Crime Task Force assisted Evergreen Park Police with the initial death investigation. After gathering evidence, processing the crime scene and questioning several juvenile witnesses, they determined that "the weapon was brought to the location by the victim and the incident is being considered as a self-inflicted gunshot wound," police said in a press release.

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jen April 05, 2012 at 07:16 PM
his mom is a police officer..that's where he got the gun.
jen April 05, 2012 at 07:20 PM
i knew him too and yes he was a very energetic and happy person but the thing that gets me is that he was a super smart kid and it just doesn't seem like he would be that careless enough to play with a gun. i mean, i'm pretty sure that we've all seen those videos where people play around with guns that they think aren't loaded and then turns out that it was..i just couldn't see him playing with a gun..
jen April 05, 2012 at 07:25 PM
it's a story to show parents that tragedy happens in their own neighborhood. it gives them a warning about what they're children are really up to. and trust me, i knew him too and i was devastated when i heard about it but this situation opens people's eyes up and shows kids to not play with guns because this can happen to you. everyone can learn from this horrible incident.
Renita Young April 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
We did a follow-up to this story this week that addresses some of your comments. http://evergreenpark.patch.com/articles/investigation-continues-on-teen-who-died-of-self-inflicted-gunshot-wound
kurt November 13, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Non of u guys know anything.. I was in the garage when it happen.. and I was his best friend I know exactly what happen and I know it wasn't a suicide ok it was unintentional ok leave the poor kid alone and for the respect of his family stop commenting on this. Kurt Rutz

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