An off-duty Chicago cop was fatally shot early Saturday morning while sitting in a parked vehicle together with another man, who was critically injured.
The Chicago Police Department said that the men, both 23, were shot in Chicago’s River North neighborhood around 3:30 a.m.
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Two other individuals approached the parked vehicle where the off-duty officer and the other man were sitting, produced a gun and opened fire before quickly running off, police said, according to FOX 32 Chicago.
The officer died after getting shot in the chest, arm and mouth, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The other man was transported to the hospital in critical condition. He was reportedly shot in the chest and arm, WLS reported.
Police are investigating the shooting and have questioned people of interest.
CHICAGO REDUCES MURDER RATE IN 2018 BUT LEVEL STILL OUTSTRIPS LA AND NY COMBINED
Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, has been reeling from widespread homicides and gun crime, becoming the crime capital of the country.
While the city managed to slightly reduce the number of homicides in 2018 compared to 2017, there were still more killings in the city than Los Angeles and New York City combined.
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Police in Chicago reported 561 homicides were committed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. That compared to 660 homicides in 2017 and more than 770 in 2016, which marked a 19-year high that put a national spotlight on Chicago’s persistently high rates of gun violence.