Road rage is believed to be behind a shooting that injured an off-duty Chicago officer Tuesday afternoon in the city’s Irving Park neighborhood, authorities said.
The shooting occurred shortly after 3:15 p.m. near the intersection of West Addison Street and North Elston Avenue, following what the CPD Superintendent. David Brown describes it as a rear-end collision.
The officer was rushed to the Masonic Medical Center in Illinois, where his injuries were described as “severe but not life threatening”.
Officers from the suburb of Lincolnwood are also assisting in the investigation.
Meanwhile, a massive police search is underway in Hollywood Park, with K-9 units on the ground and officers searching between houses for a suspect in the shooting, according to the Sky helicopter crew. 5 from NBC.
Police have recorded a large street gang in the area around the site of the initial shooting, and officers remain at the scene. Elston is closed back and forth between Addison and Kimball as police investigate the shooting.
A second scene was also reported by police near Lawrence Avenue and the Kennedy Freeway, where the entrance and exit ramps on the outgoing side of the freeway were closed as part of the investigation.
No official information on the suspects was immediately made available.
Brown spoke about the frequency of road rage incidents in Chicago and how access to guns has escalated the violence.
“We’ve had other regular residents of this city beaten or assaulted during road rage, but we’ve also seen gunshots in road rage incidents here. And really all over this country, the personal conflicts have increasingly ended in escalating violence,” Brown said.
In Tuesday’s shooting, Chicago’s top cop said the officer was shot after his vehicle was rammed and pushed by the suspect in the case. This suspect then opened fire, striking the off-duty officer in the face.
Chicago was recently the scene of a fatal road rage incident when a 36-year-old man was fatally stabbed during an altercation in the city’s River North neighborhood in the early evening of August 23.
In July, a 24-year-old woman was seriously injured after being shot six times in a road rage incident on I-57 near Vollmer Road in the southern suburbs.