CHICAGO (STMW) — A woman and a teenage girl were in critical condition after they were shot Sunday afternoon at a gas station in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said.

The 44-year-old woman and the 13-year-old girl were shot about 3:21 p.m. while they sat inside a car at a gas station located near 99th Street and Vincennes Avenue, said police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien, citing preliminary information.

A uniformed police officer driving home from work witnessed the shooting and followed the shooters to the 9800 block of South Throop Street, where the officer tried taking three males into custody, O’Brien said.

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The gunmen began firing their weapons at the officer, who returned gunfire, O’Brien said. The shootout ended with no injuries and one of the suspects in custody, O’Brien said.

As the police officer attempted to arrest the suspects, the car with the two wounded females took off in hopes of reaching a hospital, police said, but the vehicle ended up crashing near the intersection of 103rd and Halsted streets, police said.

Paramedics arrived to the scene of the crash and took the duo to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, O’Brien said.

Charges were pending Sunday night against the male suspect who was taken into custody, O’Brien said, and police were searching for two other males.

About an hour after the two females were shot, three men were shot—one critically—in the nearby Roseland neighborhood.

The shooting happened about 4:31 p.m. near 106th Street and Forest Avenue, O’Brien said.

The trio was standing outside in near 106th Street and Prairie Avenue when a man approached them and opened fire, O’Brien said.

A 23-year-old man was shot in the groin and buttocks, O’Brien said, and another 23-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to the foot and calf. Both men were listed in “stable” condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

A third man, also 23 years old, was shot multiple times and was taken in critical condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, O’Brien said.

An off-duty police officer saw the shooting and followed the gunman as he fled into an alley, O’Brien said.

The man began firing shots at the officer, who then fired his gun, O’Brien said.

The shooter eventually ran away, O’Brien said, adding that investigators received conflicting reports that the gunman might have gotten into a vehicle.

Police described the shooter as a man in his 20s who wore a black hoodie and styled his hair in dreadlocks.

A police helicopter scouted the area Sunday evening, according to unconfirmed dispatch reports.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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