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16-Year-Old Shot by Cops Hit by 7 Bullets, Autopsy Found

By  Bryan Graham Ben Fractenberg and Jill Colvin | March 13, 2013 3:31pm | Updated on March 13, 2013 4:33pm

NEW YORK — Three of the seven NYPD bullets that killed a 16-year-old boy over the weekend entered through his back, an autopsy found, according to the city's medical examiner.

Kimani Gray was standing with a group of friends after a party on East 52nd Street in East Flatbush Saturday when he allegedly pointed a .38-caliber Rohm's Industry revolver at two plainclothes officers. Police opened fire, striking him seven times, according to autopsy reports.

Witnesses and relatives disputed police reports that Gray was armed, including Tishana King, who told the Daily News that he had his hands out when he was shot.

The city's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner found that Gray was hit in the back of his left shoulder and the back of his left thigh and the side of his right thigh, the paper said. Gray was also shot twice in the front of his right thigh, and once on his left side near the rib cage. Another shot hit him in the left lower arm, according to the News story.

It was unclear the order in which the bullets struck Gray's body.

Shortly before the shooting, Gray had been attending a baby shower for a woman he had known since childhood, according to friends.

Devon Stennett, a 15-year-old boy, said Gray was leaving the event on East 53rd Street between Church and Snyder,  but "said he was coming back." Sometime after, they received a phone call about the shooting.

"Everybody ran over, there were about 50 people," said Shawnee, 20, a friend who declined to give her last name, adding the police had already set up a barricade around the scene, were pushing people with "nightsticks" and using pepper spray on the crowd.

Gray's death sparked a violent clash between police and local residents, who marched on the streets Monday night, tossing bottles at cops and looting local businesses, including a Rite Aid.

A Tuesday night vigil, which Gray's family tried to postpone in the wake of the violence, took place without incident. Another vigil is expected to take place Wednesday night with the family in attendance, organizers said.

The family of the slain teen has contacted known police brutality attorney Sanford Rubenstein, his partner Scott Raynecki said, adding that they are still only in preliminary talks and nothing has been decided.

"We have been contacted," Raynecki said. "At this point, I can't give you any specifics."