way of MSNBC:
Off-duty cop dressed as clown kills alleged robber
CHICAGO — Authorities say an off-duty Chicago police officer dressed as a clown for a fundraiser shot and killed a teen who authorities say was trying to rob him.Police say the officer was headed home from a children's event Friday night when the suspect approached him, asking for money.
When the officer said he didn't have any, police say the teen pulled a gun.
After a struggle, the officer grabbed the gun and fired, killing the teen.
The officer sustained minor injuries. A weapon has been recovered.
Authorities haven't released the names of those involved.
The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the incident.
This raises a lot of questions. The one that occurred to me first was....why would a teen think that a clown had any money on him worth stealing?
This brings up every movie and television faux fight where two or more people wrestle over a gun, and the gun goes off, with the momentary suspense of ambiguity over who (if anyone) has been hit.
And of course it raises the question which examining news reports of shootings should always raise for us to discuss here - where do the criminals get these guns, and how? What more can we do to keep all criminals, but especially kids, from getting their hands on firearms?
I have to wonder how much our cultural attitude which tends to glamorize firearms rather than a down-to-earth and more realistic approach to weapons and violence. There is nothing which could perhaps add such a macabre quality to this tragedy - and it is a tragedy - as shooting someone while costumed as a clown. I'm sure that the last thing that anyone exerting themselves to raise money for children would wish to do is to kill a kid; and teenagers are still children, and not yet really adults however much they try to be.