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Police Involved in South Side Shooting, Officials Say

By DNAinfo Staff on March 29, 2013 4:48pm  | Updated on March 29, 2013 6:54pm

CHICAGO — Police were involved in a South Side shooting Friday afternoon, officials said.

Officers were responding to calls of shots fired about 3:15 p.m. near South Jeffery Boulevard and East 94th Street, and radioed for backup as they followed three people running northbound on Jeffery, police said.

One person was taken into custody in the 2000 block of East 94th Street in the Calumet Heights neighborhood. In pursuit of the remaining two suspects, officers saw that one person had a gun, and when told to drop it, the gunman pointed it at the officers, police said in a statement.

Fearing for their lives, the officers shot at the person, who was hit and taken into custody. That person's weapon was recovered, police said.

A shooting victim was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, fire officials said about 4:20 p.m.

No police were injured in the shooting, and one person is still being sought, police said.

Police blocked off Jeffrey Boulevard from 93rd Street to 95th Street following the shooting. Neighbors on the block said after hearing shots they saw a man running north on Jeffrey Boulevard toward 93th Street. Neighbors said the man ducked into a yard in the 9400 block of Jeffrey Boulevard.

A man who asked to be identified as Garret said he did not see the man duck into the backyard but heard about five shots followed by sirens.

"I didn't come outside 'til I heard those sirens," he said. "I want to know what's happening, but if they still shooting, I'm staying inside."

Garret said he was in town from Texas trying to sell the home of his mother, who passed away recently. Friday evening, he said he was expecting a potential buyer to come. 

"We're supposed to sign papers today," he said, looking at a police car blocking access to the street. "I'm hoping all these cop cars get out of here."

With shootings so close to home, Garret said he does not want to stay in the neighborhood any longer than he needs to.

"I'm going to get back to Texas as soon as I can. You can believe that," he said.