ATF and Chicago Police were working a joint investigation when the shooting occurred in the Back Of The Yards neighborhood, Lauren Victory and Mike Puccinelli report.
Chicago police responded about 3:15 a.m. Friday May 4, 2018 after an ATF agent was critically wounded — shot in the head — near 45th Street and North Hermitage Avenue in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. A manhunt for the criminal shooter was underway after sunrise.
The agent was on a federal deployment mission in a joint operation with the Chicago Police Department when shots were fired near West 45th Street and North Hermitage Avenue in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
The initial calls of shots fired came in around 3:15 a.m. Authorities requested a medical escort to transport him to Stroger Hospital. Police and/or returned fire, but it is not known if the criminal shooter was hit.
“We got shots were fired by police. We have an ATF agent shot. He’s the one going to the fire station right now. We’re going to need you to close this area off.”
— CPD 6571 Adam Radio Transmission
Police were initially going to transport the injured ATF agent to a fire house on South Ashland Avenue, but instead took him directly to Stroger “Cook County” Hospital in a silver SUV with tinted windows. It backed up to the ambulance bay and they all rushed into the ER. He is listed in critical condition. By about 8:40 a.m. the ATF agent was listed as “stable.”
Chicago: #BreakingNews An #ATF Agent was shot while working in the #BackOfTheYards near 45th and Hermitage:
-Crime scene has been secured
-2nd officer injured and transported to an area hospital.#PoliceInvolved @CNshooter pic.twitter.com/pTAStvfvhT
— Captured News (@CapturedNews) May 4, 2018
Chicago FD paramedics with Ambulance 68 transported a CPD officer to Stroger, where walked out of the back of the ambulance to the emergency room. The CPD officer may have returned fire during the incident. Chicago police report that officer is “OK.”
There was a very large police presence at Stroger Friday morning. Marked and unmarked CPD vehicles were parked in front of the emergency room.
Police are looking for the shooter or shooters that may be involved. The area around West 44th Street and Hermitage is blocked off.
The CPD asked for the Chicago Fire Department’s ladder to search area roofs. A Chicago Fire Department ladder truck crew was assigned. The last firefighters cleared the area about 7:30 a.m.
Officers from several law enforcement agencies looked into parked cars and cars moving through the neighborhood with flashlights. Police also used K9 officers to search the area.
About 6 a.m., officers were involved in a foot pursuit in the block of 3300 South Bell Avenue and in the block of 3200 South Leavitt, but no suspect was known to be in custody after sunrise.
CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson ordered the deployment of all specialized units to support the ATF’s shooting investigation.
RECENT CPD-ATF TIMELINE
JUN 30 2017 — Additional 20 ATF agents assigned to work with Chicago Police Department’s Organized Crime Bureau to 1) identify illegal gun traffickers, and 2) investigate shootings. Former Chicago police superintendent, Garry McCarthy, was doubtful the new task force would make a difference, saying gun crime won’t be reduced until a change occurs that stops the anti-police political-environment that is emboldening criminals and hamstringing the police.
JUN 26 2017 — NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network) Ford Transit van deployed in Chicago — allows investigators to test fire weapons found at a crime scenes and examine shell casings.
The shooting happened in the Back of the Yards neighborhood overnight, CBS 2’s Lauren Victory and Mike Puccinelli report.
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