NY Police Shoot 16-Year-Old

Police say Kimani Gray had a gun, but a relative of the deceased says he was adjusting his pants.

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On Saturday, New York police officers shot and killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray. There are conflicting reports as to what happened; the officers at the scene say Gray pulled a gun on them, while the late teen's cousin says someone else said he was adjusting his pants, reports the New York Times.

The police said the officers, patrolling in an unmarked car in East Flatbush, came upon the teenager, identified as Kimani Gray, 16, in a group of men just before 11:30 p.m. The teenager separated himself from the group and adjusted his waistband in what the police described as a suspicious manner.

As officers got out of the car to question him, Mr. Gray turned and pointed a .38-caliber Rohm revolver at them, the police said; two officers fired, hitting the teenager. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Kings County Hospital Center.

Mr. Gray did not fire the handgun, which was recovered at the scene. Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the Police Department, said the six-shot revolver was loaded with four live rounds ...

A woman who identified herself as Kimani Gray's cousin said that a witness to the shootng told her that Mr. Gray, who was known as Kiki, was attempting to pull his pants up when he was shot ...

Mr. Gray was the second youngest of seven children; his older brother, Jamar, died in a car accident two years ago, Mr. Vernon said, adding that Mr. Gray's mother, Carol, had fainted at the hospital and was having heart problems.

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