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Cops responding to shooting trade gunfire with 2 men, union says

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Police responding to a shooting that left an 18-year-old man critically wounded exchanged gunfire with two men Tuesday afternoon in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, authorities said.

Englewood District officers responded about 4:35 p.m. to a call of shots fired near Princeton and 58th and found a man with a gunshot wound, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.

Paramedics took the man to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, according to Fire Media Affairs.

The responding officers saw a man with a gun, but when the suspect saw the officers, he tried to run away, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said. While running away, the man fired shots at the pursuing officers, who returned fire.

Nobody was hurt and the suspect was taken into custody, Camden said. His gun was recovered.

“Police are out there responding to gunshots, and they are right on the scene and take hopefully the shooter [of the 18-year-old] into custody,” Camden said.

About the same time, a second man in the area attempted to run into a house, but before he got inside, he too opened fire on police officers, Camden said. Police returned fire but nobody was wounded.

That man was also taken into custody and a weapon was recovered, Camden said.

Area South detectives were investigating, police said.



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