(STMW) –At least one FBI agent fired shots during a shooting and chase that left two people wounded Monday afternoon in the Near West Side Medical District.
The initial shooting happened about 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a Jewel-Osco in the 1200 block of South Ashland Avenue, authorities said.
UIC Police and other law enforcement agencies were looking for the shooter when the suspect drove off, according to a statement on UIC’s website. The suspect crashed and abandoned the vehicle near South Paulina and Harrison streets.
At least one on-duty FBI agent fired a shot during the pursuit, but it was not immediately known if anybody was struck, FBI spokesman Frank Bochte said.
Paramedics took two people from the area to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to Fire Media Affairs. No FBI agents were injured, Bochte said.
Chicago Police said at least one of the wounded was a male shot in the hip. Information on the second person shot was not immediately available.
UIC said the suspect was not in custody as of Monday afternoon. He is described as a 40- to 50-year-old black man weighing about 250 pounds. He was apparently bald and wearing a skull cap, black top, jeans and possibly eyeglasses.
A female companion may have been inside the vehicle, and one or both could be injured, UIC said.
The alert initially said the suspects could be near South Wolcott Avenue and West Polk Street, and advised students and faculty to lock all doors and stay out of public areas. It later announced campus police searched campus buildings and found no sign of the suspects.
The CTA rerouted its No. 7 Harrison buses because of the investigation.
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