A Chicago police officer and two federal agents working undercover were wounded by gunfire Wednesday morning on the Southwest Side, officials said.
The police officer was grazed in the back of the head, an ATF agent was shot in the hand and another agent suffered a wound to his side, police said. They were all taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where they were being treated for injuries not considered life-threatening, officials said.
The shooting happened shortly before 6 a.m. as the three were getting onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 57 near 119th Street, police said. They were all working undercover.
“They were conducting an investigation. … They were all together in one vehicle when they were fired upon,” Chicago Police Supt. David Brown told reporters.
Brown offered no details about the undercover operation. He said one of the ATF agents is female, the other two male.
Police were searching for a white Chevrolet Malibu believed was used in the shooting, police sad. The Illinois State Police troopers were called to assist with the investigation.
The three are among five law enforcement officials shot in Chicago over the past three days.
Chicago police Cmdr. Patrina Wines and a sergeant were wounded by bullets fired into a crowd of revelers in the 100 block of North Long Avenue in Austin at about 1:30 a.m. Monday. Wines was struck in the foot, and the sergeant was grazed in the leg.
Brown said the 36 Chicago police officers have either been shot or shot at this year.
“We have more than 100,000 gang members in the city of Chicago,” Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) said Wednesday. “They are emboldened and have nothing to fear from law enforcement. The police are under siege.”