(CBS) – The two suspects in this week’s hostage situation in south suburban Harvey have dangerous pasts.
We’re learning more about what lead up to the more than 20-hour standoff with police.
CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.
Barbara Hudson describes the scene just before 1 on Tuesday afternoon that unfolded right in front of her house.
“I saw bullets flying from across the street. I saw a guy jump out the window, the door, and run that way,” she says.
Hudson says the guy that was running while being shot at was the father of at least two of the kids in the house. While he and another man were running away, police ran towards the house.
“I saw the police officer get shot in the arm,” she says.
That officer’s arm was shattered by a bullet. Another officer was grazed. Hudson says it seemed like something out of the Wild West.
The running stopped and the standoff began. Late Tuesday night, a baby was released.
Several hours later, police smashed their way inside and recovered the final four hostages.
CBS 2 is not naming the two alleged gunmen because they have not been charged.
One of the men was sentenced to 47 years in prison for murder but was on parole at the time. State authorities noticed his electronic monitoring went silent at the time the incident occurred.
The other man was twice charged with murder but was never convicted. He, too, was on parole.