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2 Officers Shot 'Indiscriminately' Released From Hospital, Police Say

By Kelly Bauer | May 3, 2017 5:17am | Updated on May 3, 2017 3:10pm
 Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson addresses the media late Tuesday after two police officers were shot.
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson addresses the media late Tuesday after two police officers were shot.
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CHICAGO — Two police officers shot Tuesday night in the Back of the Yards neighborhood have been released from the hospital, officials say.

The officers "are recovering at home," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi around 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

An "extensive manhunt" is underway for the gunmen who police say pulled up next to two plainclothes police officers and opened fire, wounding both officers.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, speaking outside Stroger Hospital after meeting with the officers and their families, said police collared three "people of interest" in the shooting. Officers found two guns and were still looking for others involved.

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"And we will get them," Johnson said. "Make no mistake about it. We are going to catch them. We are going to get these individuals responsible. Because, listen, if they will fire at police officers like that, then they have no thought process of firing at other citizens of this great city."

Johnson, speaking during a news conference about two hours after the shooting, said there was an "extensive manhunt" underway. 

The shooting happened at 9:10 p.m. in the 4300 block of South Ashland Avenue, police said. The officers were in a car on the block investigating an earlier incident when one or two cars pulled up and the occupants fired "indiscriminately" at the officers, Johnson said.

The officers fired back.

One officer was hit in his arm and hip and the other officer was hit in his back, Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. 

Johnson, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police union president Kevin Graham went to the hospital to visit the wounded officers. The shooting came just hours after the Fraternal Order of Police hosted a memorial for Chicago police officers who have died in the line of duty.

The officers will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days, and the Independent Police Review Authority will investigate their use of force, police said.

Speaking after the shooting, 15th Ward Ald. Raymond Lopez and 11th Ward Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson called for a change to state laws to keep guns from repeat offenders. Chicago police have repeatedly pushed for those measures in recent years.

"The continuation of the gang and gun violence that we have seen is now hitting home in ways that is impacting all of us that it shouldn't be," Lopez said. "We've seen it impact our families. We've seen it impact our children. And now it's impacting our Police Department."

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-535-7867.

"It's just another example of how dangerous this job is," Johnson said. "And I think people take it for granted that when police officers come to work every day, they put their lives on the line every single day they get in their car."