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Police shoot teen to death

Grandmother said he ‘lived a fast life’
  • Antonio Duncanson.

  • Theresa Duncanson, grandmother of shooting victim Antonio Duncanson,cries during an interview with Nassau Guardian and NB12 reporters on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. AHVIA J. CAMPBELL

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 16, 2013

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A teenager who was shot by police yesterday afternoon died in hospital a short time later, Assistant Commissioner Anthony Ferguson confirmed.

Ferguson said the teen was shot multiple times after he pointed his weapon toward officers when they attempted to stop him.

He said police were near A.F. Adderley Junior High School conducting an investigation around 2 p.m. when they observed two young men.

“Officers decided to check the young men who were acting [suspiciously],” Ferguson said.

“The men fled in different directions. One of the young men as he was running produced a handgun which he pointed in the direction of the officers who were pursuing him. There was an exchange of gunfire. One of the young men was shot.”

Ferguson said the teen was conscious when an ambulance transported him to hospital.

The second suspect was caught and arrested during the chase.

Police did not have an official identification on either of the men yesterday afternoon.

However, family members of the victim identified him as Antonio Duncanson, 18.

Duncanson’s grandmother Theresa Duncanson said he lived a “fast life”.

“He was a nice little guy growing up but after he branched off into a teenager, he got with the wrong company,” said Duncanson from her South Beach home where the teen was raised.

“[He hung] out with the wrong people in the wrong place. He liked to live a fast life for an 18-year-old. I talked to him until I was tired.”

Duncanson said she raised her grandson and his four siblings after their mother died in 2004.

“I raised them to be better than my own,” she said choking back tears. “But apparently it didn’t turn out to be that way because their head hard. They like company. Sometimes when I talk they never liked to listen.

“Right now, I’m grieving because I just buried my daughter on July 23rd of this year and now it’s him. Right now I’m hurting. If I tell [you] I had it easy... no I’m hurting.

“It’s a little hard for me. It’s a blow.”

Duncanson’s aunt said he attended S. C. McPherson Junior High School before he was transferred to Program Sure, which is a program for male students with chronic disciplinary problems.

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