Police say an officer shot a 17-year-old boy who approached his patrol car with a gun on Chicago's South Side.

Family members say Kevon Purell is in serious condition at a hospital following the shooting Monday night.

Purell's mother, Irma Burrage, says she's puzzled about what happened. She says she gave her son a gift card to get food at McDonald's.

Police spokesman Al Stinites says the officer shot Purell after the teen pointed a gun at him. A gun has been recovered.

Burrage tells the Chicago Tribune "it doesn't make sense." She says aiming a gun at police is "suicide."


Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com