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BREAKING: Two Chicago Police Officers Shot While Trying To Disperse Crowd

Chicago, IL – Two police officers were shot when they tried to break up a 4th of July celebration in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood in the early hours of Monday.

Police said the incident occurred at about 1:45 a.m. on July 5 in the 100-block of North Long Avenue, WLS reported.

A female Chicago Police Department (CPD) commander and a CPD sergeant were on patrol when they encountered a large crowd setting off fireworks, according to police.

The officials were attempting to disperse the crowd when gunfire erupted, WLS reported.

Police said the supervisors said they heard the gunfire and then felt pain from having been shot.

Both officials were transported to Stroger Hospital for treatment, WLS reported.

Police said the commander had been shot in her foot, and the sergeant was wounded in the thigh.

They were both in reportedly “good” condition as of Monday morning, WLS reported.

CPD doesn’t know if the officials were targeted.

“As you know, there’s been a lot of large crowd gatherings tonight, a lot of celebratory fireworks going off, kind of spontaneous,” CPD Superintendent David Brown told reporters. “They were dispersing a crowd when they heard shots and felt pain. Not sure if they targeted or whether this was people celebrating shooting in the air, shooting indiscriminately.”

Investigators were looking for surveillance video from the area that might render clues to whom the suspects were, WLS reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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