Officers responded to the call at an apartment complex early Saturday, after the father of 19-year-old Quintonio Legrier called police to say his son was acting erratic and carrying a metal baseball bat.
'He was having a mental situation,' Legrier's mother, Janet Cooksey, told ABC 7. 'Sometimes he will get loud, but not violent.' The officer, who has not yet been identified, fatally shot Legrier seven times, the teen's family said.
“We’re thinking the police are going to service us, take him to the hospital,' Cooksey told the Chicago Tribune. 'They took his life.” A second victim, who has been identified only as a 56-year-old woman, was a downstairs tenant and bystander.
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