Authorities say two Chicago police officers were shot and wounded early Monday while attempting to disperse a crowd following the Fourth of July celebrations.
The incident occurred at 1:45 a.m. on the city’s West Side, less than an hour after two people were killed and four others were injured in a drive-by shooting in Washington Park on the city’s Southside.
According to department data, 12 people were killed and at least 40 more were wounded in Chicago between Friday night and early Monday morning. Because Monday falls inside the long holiday weekend, no final figures will be available until Tuesday.
One of the cops was shot in the foot, while the other was shot in the thigh, according to authorities. According to authorities, they were brought to a hospital and their injuries were not life-threatening.
According to a police statement, officers reacted to various big gatherings around the city, resulting in several arrests.
Police Superintendent David Brown stated, “There have been a lot of huge crowd gatherings tonight, a lot of joyful fireworks going off, kind of impromptu.” “They were dispersing a throng when bullets were fired and they were in pain.”
It was unclear if the cops were targeted or if they were hit by stray bullets.
In recent weeks, there has been a spate of mass shootings in Chicago, raising worries about an increase in gun violence in the United States. According to Chicago police statistics released last week, the city has seen fewer homicides but more shootings so far this year than the same period last year.
Two males were killed in the incident at Washington Park, according to authorities. According to authorities, a 12-year-old girl was in critical condition, a 13-year-old boy was stable, and a lady was in good health. Two graze wounds were treated on the scene by another woman.