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Chicago Police shoot suspects in two incidents at start of 2014

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Charles Lemle | photo from Chicago Police

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Updated: February 3, 2014 4:09PM

Barely two hours into the New Year, Chicago police shot and wounded at least two people in separate shootings that are among the first to be reported in 2014.

The first shooting happened moments after midnight in the Woodlawn neighborhood after a man allegedly raised a gun toward officers.

Charles Lemle, 28, of the 500 block of East 67th, faces three felony counts of aggravated assault with a firearm of a police officer and one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to a release from Chicago Police.

The second occurred just before 2 a.m., when at least one person was shot by police and two others also suffered gunshot wounds in the Fernwood neighborhood.

In the Woodlawn shooting, Area Central Operations Impact officers were patrolling the 500 block of East 67th Street when they heard gunshots, according to a statement from police News Affairs.

Pat Camden — a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, the union that represents most Chicago cops — said Lemle was apparently celebrating the New Year by firing a gun. When police announced themselves, he allegedly pointed a weapon at them, and one of the officers shot him in the leg, Camden said.

Lemle was hospitalized with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Camden said that man had been free on home monitoring for a previous conviction for unlawful use of a weapon.

In Fernwood, police had been chasing a person in the 100 block of West 105th Street just before 2 a.m. when officers heard gunshots, according to a written statement from the department.

As some officers approached the front of a home on the block, others continued to the rear and found someone on the porch holding a gun. Police said that person pointed the gun at the officers, and an officer shot that person.

Police said two other people suffered gunshot wounds in the incident, but it’s not clear how they were injured.

Fire Media Affairs spokesman Juan Hernandez said one woman, whose age was not immediately known, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Two men, ages 25 and 30, were also taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, he said.

A witness who said she was a sibling of all three victims told reporters her family was holding a New Year’s Eve party at the home where the shooting happened. She said she didn’t see anyone at the party with a gun.

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