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Unarmed Teen Shot in the Chest in Front of His Mother

An unarmed teen in the Bronx was shot dead by police, right in front of his mother.  Ramarley Graham, a 19-year old boy, was shot in the chest as he ran into his mother’s apartment on Thursday afternoon.  Police are saying that they thought the teen was grabbing a gun when he adjusted his waistband.

“They chased him into the house,” his mother Constance Malcolm, 39, told the Daily News.

“Nobody deserves to be shot in their own home.”

The teen was then rushed to the Montefiore Medical Center, where died soon thereafter.  Police had approached Graham when they saw him doing a drug deal on the street.  That’s when he ran away to the Williamsbridge Apartment complex.  The officers were behind him when he ran into the bathroom to flush the marijuana down the toilet.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says that he doesn’t believe there was a struggle before the young man was shot.

“Show me your hands! Show me your hands! Gun! Gun!” This is what Kelly says the officers yelled at Graham as they proceeded to shoot him.

“We need to continue to gather facts at this juncture,” said Kelly.  “We see an unarmed person being shot. That always concerns us.”

The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on restrictive duty.

This is not the first teen shooting of the week.  On Wednesday, Chicago police shot a 15-year old autistic child who pulled out a butter knife.

Update: New surveillance video shows teen being pursued by police before the shooting. Click here to watch.

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