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Fight over song sparks shooting of cop’s pal outside South Side bar

Updated: November 4, 2011 8:03PM

An off-duty Chicago Police officer returned fire at a suspect who shot and wounded the officer’s friend outside a South Side tavern early Thursday in the Park Manor neighborhood.

The officer chased down two suspects and found one of them reportedly hiding in a garbage can, according to a police source.

Two men are in custody after the incident, which happened about 2:30 a.m. in the 7500 block of South Wabash Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.

The incident unfolded as the men were standing outside Willa’s Fifty Yard Line at 69 E. 75th St., Gresham District Police Lt. Paula Schmeer said.

An off-duty officer and a friend were outside when a man approached and fired shots, striking the officer’s friend, Greer said. The officer returned fire, but did not hit anyone.

“It was all about a song the DJ was supposed to play,’’ according to the lieutenant.

Someone asked the DJ multiple times when he was going to play a certain song and that person was punched in the nose in the bar prior to the shooting, according to Schmeer.

Outside, the son of the person punched allegedly tried to shoot the DJ, but instead accidentally hit the officer’s friend, who was standing next to the DJ, according to the lieutenant. The officer was not the DJ.

The suspects ran south on Wabash but the officer gave chase and apprehended them a short time later, according to the lieutenant.

The man injured was taken to an area hospital in “stable” condition with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, Greer said. His injury is not thought to be life-threatening, she said.

The Independent Police Review Authority was notified and confirmed no one was shot by the officer, spokesman Eric Muellenbach said.

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