CHICAGO - A Chicago Housing Authority security officer exchanged gunfire last night with at least one of three offenders who were already engaged in a gunfight with each other across the street from the UIC campus, and there are now three offenders in custody and four people shot and wounded, including the Chicago Housing Authority security officer.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired around 10:45 p.m. last night on the 1000 block of W. 14th Street on the city's near west side, across the street from UIC's campus, and arrived to find four people shot on scene.

After an investigation Chicago Police said that a 37-year-old Chicago Housing Authority security officer, who was on premises at the above location, witnessed three people shooting at each other. As he observed one of the offenders allegedly shoot in his direction, the CHA security officer drew his own weapon and returned fire. By the time CPD arrived, all four of those involved, the three offenders initially shooting at each other plus the CHA security officer, had been shot and wounded.

Below are their conditions.

Victim #1: 37-year-old male. CHA security officer. One gunshot wound to the arm and a graze wound to the head. Good condition.
Offender #1: 19-year-old male. Multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Critical condition at Stroger Hospital.
Offender #2: 21-year-old male. Shot in the thigh. Good condition.
Offender #3: 23-year-old male. Shot in the thigh and knee. Good condition.

At this time it is unclear just whose shots struck whom, but authorities did say the 21-year-old offender and the 23-year-old offender were engaged in a gunfight against the 19-year-old offender when the 37-year-old CHA security officer victim got involved.


On the bright side, the three male offenders who were initially exchanging gun fire across the street from UIC's campus are in custody and multiple weapons were recovered.

Area Three detectives are investigating. Charges are pending.

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