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15-year-old on life support after police shooting in Gulfport, according to mother

The suspect who was shot is a 15-year-old male.

GULFPORT, Miss — A 15-year-old is on life support in the hospital Friday after an officer-involved shooting outside a Family Dollar in Gulfport, according to his mother.

"He's no longer with us," the teenager's mother told news media Friday evening. She said that her son is brain-dead and on a ventilator.

According to Gulfport Police Chief Adam Cooper, officers were called to the Family Dollar store on Pass Road on Thursday to investigate reports that people were aiming guns at passing cars.

Cooper said when police made contact with the suspects, they tried to run away from police.

"One of our officers engaged with an armed individual, shots were fired, the suspect was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound," Cooper said.

The mother of the suspect who was shot told Eyewitness News that the suspect is a 15-year-old male.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation into this shooting.

Cooper said four other suspects were apprehended after a short chase. He also said several firearms were recovered on the scene.

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