Late Tuesday night, two Chicago Police Department officers were shot when they were ambushed by the occupants of two vehicles who pulled up on either side of the car the officers were in and one of the occupants opened fire. According to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, one of the officers was shot in the back and the other one was shot in the hip and arm.
The New York Daily News reported that the two Chicago Police Department officers were transported to Stroger Hospital. At the hospital, the officers were visited by Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Johnson said that both of the police officers “were alert and expected to recover.”
Guglielmi said in a statement to the Associated Press (AP) that the officers were likely “targeted.” The shooting of the two Chicago Police Department officers happened on South Ashland Avenue on Chicago’s South Side, in a neighborhood known for its high rate of crime. WLS-TV reported that the neighborhood where the two officers were ambushed and targeted is known locally as “Back of the Yards neighborhood.”
Two plainclothes officers were shot at and returned fire “at about 9:10 p.m.” The officers were in the vicinity to conduct a follow-up investigation, in regards to a previous shooting that took place when two vehicles pulled up next to each other and the occupants opened fire. CBS Chicago reported that the two police officers were shot and wounded “during ‘an encounter.”
When the two Chicago Police Department officers were allegedly targeted and shot at in their car, the officers were dressed in civilian clothes. However, according to Guglielmi, they both had on bullet-proof vests with their badges pinned on them.
Chicago Police Superintendent Johnson stated there is a search going on for the suspects. The police are also questioning potential witnesses and persons of interest who might know more about the shooting or where the suspects might be found.
Johnson added the police had located a vehicle they think could be involved in the shooting of the two officers and “several weapons.” The “police were pursuing promising leads.”
The “exact motive” why the occupants of the two cars opened fire on the Chicago Police Department officers “is unclear.” The officers who were shot were initially listed in critical condition, but they stabilized, and Johnson stated that now, they are both doing “quite well.”
Witnesses stated that they believe as many as 30 shots were fired by the suspects, who possibly shot at the officers with an assault rifle. Johnson said the police were “going to get these individuals responsible.” He stated that if the suspects did not care about firing upon police officers, they also would have no problem “firing at other citizens of this great city.”
Two Chicago Police Department officers were shot and wounded on Tuesday night in the Southside neighborhood of Back of the Yards by the occupants of two cars who allegedly targeted and ambushed them, pulling alongside the plainclothes officers and opening fire on them. The two officers were transported to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, but their conditions have now stabilized and they are expected to recover from their injuries. The suspects involved in shooting the officers are still at large.
Written By John Samuels
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