STL Today, January 17, 2013
A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed after a fight broke out at the end of a high school basketball game at Chicago State University.
Tyrone Lawson was shot around 9:20 p.m. outside the gymnasium near 95th Street and King Drive, according to Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien.
Shortly before the shooting, an argument had broken out in a handshake line after the game between Simeon Career Academy and Morgan Park High School, police said. The argument spilled into the parking lot and someone pulled out a gun and shot Lawson, officials said.
Each team was held in the locker rooms longer than normal after the game as tensions ran high in the gym, witnesses said.
It was unclear what the fight was about. Nothing outside ordinary bumps and physical contact appeared to have happened during the game between the two schools, which are located on Vincennes Avenue about 30 blocks apart.
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.