The aunt of the 14-year-old boy who was fatally shot by the NYPD early Sunday morning insists the teen wasn't armed. Shaaliver Douse was killed around 3 a.m.; police say Douse was chasing and shooting at an unidentified man when two officers responded and ordered the teen to drop his weapon. Douse allegedly fired a fourth shot, though it's unclear if he was shooting at police or his alleged target. One officer then opened fire, shooting Douse in the jaw. His aunt, however, insists the teen was unarmed.

"There was no gun," his aunt, Quwana Barcene, claims, according to the NY Post. "It’s all a cover-up. It’s what the police do. They kill us and cover it up." Barcene says her nephew was coming home from a NYCHA-hosted block party when he was shot. And his mother, Shanise Farrar, described the fatal shooting as an "assassination," asking, "Why would you still shoot him in the head? You're supposed to shoot him in the arm, shoot him in the foot, break him down."

At a press conference yesterday, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly explained that officers are not trained to merely wound suspects when they discharge their firearms. "You shoot to stop," Kelly said. "You can’t shoot to wound. That only happens in Western movies." He also defended the officers' response, saying, "I don't see what the officers could have done any differently. I think that they did what we would expect officers of any experience level would do." Both officers were rookies who graduated from the Police Academy last month.

Douse was a suspected gang member who was arrested in May for attempted murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy, not far from where he died on Sunday. But the Bronx DA declined to prosecute Douse, who was also due to appear in court this month on a weapons possession charge stemming from an October arrest, the Daily News reports.

The teen's mother told reporters yesterday, "I'm not saying that he's the best one, but he's my angel. I wouldn't want to see this happen to nobody's kid." She claims police first told her no gun was found at the scene, but changed their story later that day, releasing a photo of a blood-spattered black Astra 9-mm. pistol, allegedly found near Douse's body.

As far as Kelly can remember, Douse is the youngest person ever shot by the NYPD.