Concealed carry holder fatally shot his own 16-year-old son: prosecutors

Leon Taylor | Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — A Chicago man with a concealed carry license fatally shot his own 16-year-old son in front of three witnesses, prosecutors said during a detention hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse this afternoon.

Judge David Kelly ordered Leon Taylor, 33, detained to await trial on a charge of first-degree murder.

Chicago police said Taylor got into a physical altercation with his son, Leontaye, in the 100 block of North Parkside around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Leon Taylor pulled out a gun and shot the boy eight times, according to prosecutors. He died at the scene. Three witnesses told police that Taylor took the gun and fled the home.

Police contacted Taylor by phone and arranged for his peaceful surrender about an hour later, according to his arrest report. Officers recovered a loaded 9-millimeter handgun from Taylor.

In a detention petition filed with the court, prosecutor Sarah Dale-Schmidt said preliminary tests indicate Taylor’s gun ejected the shell casings found at the murder scene. His right hand tested positive for gunshot residue, and his body and clothing “appeared to be covered in blood,” she wrote.

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