Police say 2 Chicago officers shot in targeted attack

FILE - In this April 13, 2016, file photo, Eddie Johnson, left, speaks after being sworn in as the new Chicago police superintendent in Chicago. Violent crimes ranging from homicides to rapes to robberies have been on the rise in many major U.S. cities so far this year. But experts can't point to a single reason why and the jump isn't enough to suggest there's a trend. Law enforcement officials are seeking a way to combat the problem. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say two plain-clothes Chicago police officers who were shot and wounded as they sat in an unmarked vehicle were targeted in the attack on the city’s South Side.

A manhunt is underway Wednesday.

The shooting happened Tuesday evening in the high-crime Back of the Yards neighborhood when two vehicles pulled up alongside their vehicle and opened fire. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says one officer was shot in the arm and hip and the other in the back.

Guglielmi says “the officers were definitely targeted.”

He says police have recovered guns and a vehicle that could be linked to the shooting and are questioning three people.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson visited the officers at Stroger Hospital and says both are alert and expected to recover.

 

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