One officer was in critical but stable condition after being struck on the collarbone and shoulder. The other officer was in good condition and recovering from a gunshot wound to the hand. Both officers were transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in the city.
The man who allegedly shot at police officers was also wounded but in stable condition. He was taken to a separate hospital in the Chicago area.
“Thankfully, none of the injuries are life-threatening to either the officers or the offender. But it just underscores the danger that our men and women in the police department face every single day. They run to danger to protect us. And we can’t ever forget that,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
The officers were dispatched to the West Side of Chicago at around 7am local time over a “shots fired” alert.
When they arrived, officers found a man in a vacant lot. The man, who has not been identified, then fired shots at the officers as they approached him, said Chicago police superintendent David Brown during a Sunday press conference.
“They were in uniform, clearly Chicago police officers, and this offender had no regard for their position as police officers — no regard — and began trying to kill them. Let’s be clear: This offender turned and immediately tried to kill these officers by firing a gun at them and hitting both of them. But for the good Lord’s grace, that we’re not here talking about planning a funeral for our officers,” Supt. Brown said.
The suspect was shot in a “lower extremity” after shooting at the officers, Mr Brown added.
Following the latest shooting, the Chicago mayor pleaded with residents to put an end to gun violence.
“Let’s say a prayer for all involved. Let’s pray for peace in our city,” Mayor Lightfoot said. “We’ve got to put these guns down. We’ve got to stop the flow of illegal guns into our city.”
Supt Brown revealed that 15 Chicago police officers have been shot while on duty in the last 15 months, and 108 police officers have been shot at.