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16-year-old hospitalized after being shot by Atlanta police

ATLANTA -- Police say an officer shot a 16-year-old burglary suspect Thursday night. 

The incident happened in the 1400 block of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway NW near an area gas station.

Police said the incident started as a burglary in the area that proceeded to involve a stolen van that police were following. The van ended up crashing into a pole off of Chappell Road. The suspect, a teenage boy, then ran across the street to a nearby gas station where he was met by police officers.

Officers fired at least one shot that hit the suspect.

Witnesses at the scene told 11Alive what they saw.

“I seen the guy running; he was holding up his pants,” one witness said. “And the cop pulled the gun – it was two cops – and he shot the man.”

Police have not yet released details on whether he was armed but police said the officer who shot him, M. Harris, received an injury to his knee. They were both taken to the hospital. Harris was treated and released.

Authorities said a handgun was recovered in a woodline near the scene. 

Family members identified the teen suspect at Johnny Morris Jr. According to his mother, Angela Jackson, nurses said that Morris was shot in the chest and is in stable condition. 

"I’ve been to the hospital and so has his father; they won’t let us see him,” Jackson said. “I just want to see him for myself.”

Morris is facing numerous charges, including theft by receiving stolen auto, willful obstruction of law enforcement, fleeing and attempting to elude police, and several traffic violations.