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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Rose Duffy March 31, 2012 at 04:02 PM
How horribly sad will keep this family in my prayers.
OL Mommy March 31, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Why was Ingalls in Harvey contacted instead of Little Company in Evergreen?
Renita Young March 31, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Police just said they can't release anymore information, but didn't say why paramedics called Ingalls instead of closer hospitals. I will update you as info becomes available. Thanks for reading! Renita Young Editor, Evergreen Park Patch
J March 31, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Also praying for you, family. As a grandparent of S.E. school kiddo's, we are all poorer when this happens. Prevention is key; keep involved in the 'dailies' of ALL neighborhood kids. TALK/have fun with them. I'm letting some cut thru my yard to get to school faster & it affords me the opportunity to get to know them a little bit. They're ALL great kids on the inside. Find one today!
erika danilos March 31, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Rip buddy. We all love you
Andrea Fawkes April 01, 2012 at 12:10 AM
It's clear from this article what happened and that is what is bothersome. Sometimes less is more! A parent of three one of which is a teen, I would be outraged if this article was blasted in the news with this title. Suicide is extremely difficult and even more private when a teen is involved. I understand that many want the details, but a little consideration and respect for this grieving family would have been more appropriate.
Renita Young April 01, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Thank you for commenting, Andrea. I took this into consideration and have changed the headline back to its original title. Best, Renita Young Editor, Evergreen Park Patch
firefighter April 01, 2012 at 01:41 AM
In the unfortunate case of an obvious death, paramedic SMOs require them to call their resource hospital. Evergreen Park Fire Departments resource hospital is Ingalls. My prayers are with all whom loved this young man.
Stacy H. April 01, 2012 at 11:49 AM
This was a terrible accident.. NOT a suicide! Obviously, none of the witnesses to this tragic event have been interviewed by anyone other than Evergreen Park police. Might I add that 2 teens were detained, mirandized, and questioned for a few hours without their parents being present or notified. My heart aches for this young mans family. It also hurts for the other young people that witnessed this. So terrible.. and way too close to home.
Neighbor April 01, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Very sad for this teen and his family. Wondering where he got the gun from. There could have been additional tragedies if other people had gotten shot by this teen who had access to this gun.
jim April 01, 2012 at 08:04 PM
RIP bro, we all miss you and everyone who was there is still in shock. we all had a memorial for you and a gathering, you didn't mean to shoot yourself, but ur in a better place now. btw, he didn't mean to kill himself, it was a game gone wrong.
C April 01, 2012 at 08:10 PM
It is very sad that this happened. When alcohol, drugs and guns are involved bad things like this happen. I hope these kids learn from this and change their lives for the better. They need all the help they can receive!
zula 5 April 02, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Medical Examiner ruled it a suicide.
Renita Young April 02, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Hi again, everyone. We haven't been able to confirm any details about the series of events that lead up to the incident, but will update you as soon as we get more information. Renita Young Editor, Evergreen Park Patch
Beverly Prince Moss April 02, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Please do not assume that everything you read is true!! What if this were YOUR child? I know this family. I knew this kid. He would not have done this on purpose. He had a perpetual smile on his face. He was energetic and just LOVED life. His personality was liken to a bouncy ball. He was constantly on the go, You never knew what to expect from him as far as his silliness was concerned. He made people happy. He didn't do this on purpose. STOP ASSUMING that you know something........because you don't!!!
Stacy H. April 02, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I agree 100%!!! What happened is so heart breaking and awful.. Most definatly NOT ON PURPOSE! I never met him, but he was a friend of my sons. This article states that several juveniles were quesioned. I know for a fact that "suicide" was not mentioned by either boy that was questioned at the scene. For it to be labeled that way can only make a terrible situation even worse for this poor family. I actually e-mailed the editor around 6 a.m. yesterday morning, but have yet to receive a response. (Not even an acknowledgement) One of the teens that was at the scene when police arrived was very clear when he stated that this was NOT intentional.
Renita Young April 02, 2012 at 06:44 PM
We appreciate the feedback. Evergreen Park Patch reported the story with information from the police and the medical examiner's office. We will be updating this as information becomes available and reaching out to family and friends of the deceased, so please stay tuned to Patch for more on this story. Renita Young Editor, Evergreen Park Patch renita.young@patch.com
zula 5 April 02, 2012 at 06:53 PM
The medical examiner made the official ruling.
Nikki April 02, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Stacy and Beverly Prince you two are right. I was sitting on my porch when everything was stated I live directly across the street. the Evergreen Police interview all them kids right in my front yard. I can hear everything that was said and not one of them say he killed himself. They said they didn't know the gun was loaded and it was game gone wrong. So how dare people say he committed suicide. He went to grammar school with my daughter and my nieces. My daughter horrified to find out that her friend was killed just across the street from us by an ACCIDENT!!! People wake up please... And to just to let you know the party was unsupervised. No parents where present!!!
Stacy H. April 03, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Nikki.. I'm aware that no parents were present & I think its a shame!!! I guess every neighborhood has that "house" where teens come & go to do what they please. As a parent of a teen (who would have been there that evening, had I not made him come home early) I'd like to think that I can depend on other parents to keep an eye out because God knows we can't be with our kids every second of the day. It takes a village..
rue April 03, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Don't criticize the editor who printed the story, its her job to report. Evidently the medical examiner ruled it a suicide so that's what it is! The kid was 17 which proves to me that he was old enough to no not to play games with a GUN, loaded or unloaded. Makes me think suicide cause who plays with a gun 1st off then sticks it in their mouth...... Yes its very sad this happen but don't kill the messenger!
Beverly Prince Moss April 03, 2012 at 06:32 PM
NONE of this happened the way you people are saying that it happened. You are just a few misery seekers. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Rue....obviously you are not privvy to the things that this so called "editor" already deleted from here. She isn't a "messenger". She is a greenhorn and should stick to "how to make a teepee using two sticks and some yarn" type stories!
zula 5 April 03, 2012 at 06:37 PM
The medical examiner ruled it a suicide just leave it alone Moss and get on with your life.
Chris B April 04, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Nowhere does it say suicide, it says self inflicted gunshot wound. Nowhere does it say he tried to kill himself. He shot himself which is what happened it doesn't say his intention just the fact that he shot himself.
babysitter April 05, 2012 at 03:26 AM
evergreen patch you should be ashamed of yourselves! He is not a story!! He is a son, brother, cousin, nephew, grandson and friend!! Those who knew him, which i do, know the truth! He would have Never done it on purpose!! rip little buddy!!!!!!!!
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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