Updated 01/17/13 – 5:21 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Police were questioning two suspects in the shooting death of a high school student, after a basketball game on the Chicago State University campus.
WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, after the game between Morgan Park High School and Simeon Career Academy, there was a scuffle on the court at CSU, at 95th Street and King Drive.
Security officers broke up the scuffle and sent the players for both teams to the locker rooms.
Outside the gymnasium, around 9:20 p.m., 17-year-old Tyrone Lawson was shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead about a half hour later at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
“He basically left out the house at 7 o’clock for the game, and about 10 o’clock we get some information that he’s been shot and killed,” said Lawson’s stepfather, Gregory Young. “It’s just a rough thing right now for him to be 17 years old, to try to go out and enjoy a basketball game, you know, and not make it back home.”
A Jeep seen leaving the parking lot was pulled over by police, and two suspects were arrested. A weapon was recovered.
CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports Lawson’s friend, Sheldon Reeves, said there have been fights at games before, but never anything that led to a fatal shooting. He said he doesn’t know what can be done to change things.
“Everything’s so crazy right now. The kids, they’re unpredictable with this. You never know when something like this is going to happen. I don’t know if you can stop it,” he said.
Lawson dreamed of becoming an electrician after graduation. His stepfather had this message for other young men.
“Your life is just gone, just like someone else’s life if you’re taking somebody else’s life away. Just put the guns down and the disagreements down. It’s not worth it,” Young said.
The university issued a statement saying it was “deeply saddened by the tragic shooting death.”
The university said it was the first such incident to occur at the campus, where Chicago Public Schools teams routinely use the gym as a “neutral setting” for school sporting events during the past three years.