Cop Shot While Trying to Break up Fight

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    A Chicago Police officer has been released from the hospital after he was shot while breaking up a disturbance Saturday night in the South Shore neighborhood, police said.
    About 7 p.m. Saturday, Grand Central District police officers saw a disturbance between two people in the 7400 block of South South Shore Drive and attempted to quell the situation, according to a police News Affairs statement.
    As the officers returned to a marked police car, a male involved in the disturbance pulled a gun and shot at the officers -- striking one officer in the vest and shoulder, according to the statement.
    His partner was not struck and returned fire, police said. It was not immediately known if the gunman was struck.
    The injured officer was taken in good condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said. Police said early Sunday the 43-year-old officer -- a 10-year Chicago Police Department veteran -- has been released from the hospital.
    The gunman is described as a heavy-set Hispanic man in a white sweatshirt with green stripes and blue jeans, according to the statement. He is believed to be in a gold, 2002 Saturday with Illinois license plate numbers 648 8550, police said.
    The gunman could still be armed and anybody who sees him or the vehicle should call 911, police said.
    Calumet Area detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority are investigating.