Teen killed following Simeon-Morgan Park game; 2 in custody

The Simeon and Morgan Park High School basketball teams ended their game at Chicago State University with a melee between players on the court. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune)

A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed outside a Chicago Public Schools high school basketball game at Chicago State University Wednesday night after a melee broke out in a handshake line after the game.

The boy was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to the Chicago Fire Department, which had said he was 20 years old. The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the boy as Tyrone Lawson, 17, of the 11600 block of South Peoria Street.

The shooting happened about 9:20 p.m. outside the campus gymnasium near 95th Street and King Drive, said police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien. He was pronounced dead at 9:59 p.m. at the hospital, a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said. 

University police put out a quick message to nearby officers, asking them to watch for a jeep that was soon pulled over east of the school, police said. Two people were taken into custody and police found a gun inside the jeep.

The game was between Simeon Career Academy and Morgan Park High School, both schools located on Vincennes Avenue about 30 blocks apart, at 81st and 111th Streets.

An argument in a handshake line after the game preceeded the shooting, police said. The gym was tense and word spread through the gym that someone had been shot. Police said the argument spilled into the parking lot and someone pulled out a weapon and shot the 17-year-old.

Each team was held for longer than normal in the locker rooms after the game. Nothing outside ordinary bumps and physical contact happened during the game. Chicago police responded to the scene but are not involved with the investigation, O'Brien said.

Chicago State University Police refused to comment about the incident. The university released a statement Thursday morning saying it was "deeply saddened by the tragic shooting death."

“(Chicago Public Schools) periodically uses the University’s athletic facility to provide a neutral setting for student sporting events. This is the first such incident to occur on the campus of Chicago State University where CPS students have played many times over the last three years," the statement said.

"Additional security is provided by the University and all external partners during high school sporting events. Arrests have been made and University officials are awaiting the outcome of a full investigation to learn details about the shooting incident.”

Contributor Mike Helfgot and Tribune reporters Peter Nickeas, Rosemary Regina Sobol and Jeremy Gorner contributed to this story.

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