NEW YORK CITY — A teenager died in police custody Tuesday morning, hours after opening fire on a group who then chased him into the Edenwald Houses and beat him with a large rock, cops said.
Antonio Lyles, 17, was pronounced dead at 4:18 a.m. inside Jacobi Hospital after he was beaten by two other males who were in a group he shot at with a handgun, according to the NYPD.
The medical examiner will perform Lyles' autopsy sometime Wednesday, a spokeswoman said.
About 13 hours before the beating, Lyles shot at the group in front of 1132 East 229 Drive South, police said. It did not appear that he struck any of them, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
The group then chased Lyles into the Edenwald Houses near East 222nd Street and Schiefflin Avenue, police said.
Inside, Ezequiel Pena, 20, and Stanley Hampton, 18, bludgeoned Lyles' head with a large rock several times, cops said.
Lyles was rushed to Jamaica Hospital with serious head trauma, police said. Investigators planned to charge him with assault and criminal posession of a weapon. His .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol was recovered at the scene, police said.
Pena and Hampton were arrested about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday and were awaiting arraignment later that morning, according to The Bronx District Attorney's office.
Pena and Hampton live at the Edenwald Houses, while Lyles lived about a mile away in Williamsbridge, according to cops.
They are expected to be charged with assault and gang assault, said a police spokeswoman.