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Two Shot By Police On South Side

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Police shot two people in separate shootings on the South Side Sunday night.

In the first shooting, uniformed police responding to a report of shots fired in Englewood neighborhood found the three males spraying a home with bullets in the 5700 block of South Wolcott Avenue, said Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police.

As officers approached, one of the males turned and pointed a firearm at police, who shot the man in the leg about 10 p.m., said police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro, adding that the man was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The man’s condition was not released.

“Uniform police show up while they are shooting at the house and they turn toward you? What are you supposed to do?” Camden said.

Two males, including the injured male, are in custody and a gun was recovered at the scene, Camden said. Police are still searching for a third male, he said.

The second police-involved shooting happened about 11:15 p.m. in the 8200 block of South Drexel Avenue in the Chatham neighborhood, Alfaro said.

Camden said a man approached officers, pointing out a male he claimed robbed him. When officers tried to question the suspect, he ran.

While officers chased the male – one in a police cruiser, the other on foot – he exchanged gunfire with police before running down a gangway, Camden said.

As police closed in on him, the man turned and pointed a gun at an officer, who shot the man, Camden said.

Police did not immediately release the man’s age, condition or the hospital he was taken to. A gun and a ski mask were recovered at the scene, Camden said.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)