Utah Teen Abdi Mohamed In A Coma After Being Shot By Cops Over Broomstick
This is insane. A 17-year-old is in a coma after being shot when he refused to drop the BROOMSTICK he was holding.
According to St. Louis Tribune reports:
A teenage boy shot by police was in critical condition Sunday after having undergone surgery.
Salt Lake City police said that they will not identify the 17-year-old victim, who was shot in his upper and lower torso Saturday night. Local television news, however, identified the teen as Abdi Mohamed.
About 8 p.m. Saturday, officers were responding to a call downtown when they were alerted to an assault in progress, according to police. Officers saw two males “with metal objects attacking a male victim” near 250 S. Rio Grande St., the Salt Lake City Police Department said in a statement Sunday afternoon. “Officers confronted the two suspects and ordered them to drop the weapons. One of the males complied and dropped the weapon, the other continued to advance on the victim and was shot by officers.”
Selam Mohammad, 19, who was on the scene, told The Salt Lake Tribune that the shooting victim and a man were in a confrontation, and that the victim was holding part of a broomstick at his side when officers ran up.
“They told him to put it down, once,” Mohammad said, and “started shooting him as soon as he turned around.” Mohammad said the police fired four times and that the teenager was hit in the chest and stomach.
The 17-year-old is being screened for criminal charges, according to Salt Lake City police. Salt Lake City Police Detective Greg Wilking declined to specify what kind of charges.
The two officers involved in the shooting were wearing active body cameras. The footage has been turned over to investigators.
This is just insane… Apparently a lot was going on in the downtown Salt Lake area when this happened — there had been a Jazz game and Margaret Cho was performing nearby. After the shooting a crowd gathered and journalists observed rocks and other objects being thrown at police. Ultimately another 100 officers in riot gear were called to the scene and four people were arrested.
What the hell did they think was going to happen? They SHOT a boy!
Peep some tweets about the situation below: