Off-Duty Officer Shot During Attempted Robbery

Shooting occurred in neighborhood where many police and city employees live

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    An off-duty Chicago Police officer was shot multiple times early Monday during an attempted robbery, authorities said.

    The 34-year-old officer was walking near West 63rd Street and South Nashville Avenue when police said a man approached him around 12:30 a.m. and tried to rob him.

    Shots were exchanged, police said, and the officer was struck in the left rib, breaking his rib. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center and was listed Monday in stable condition.

    It's unclear whether the robber was hurt.

    "He's in good spirits. His family is with him," Supt. Garry McCarthy said of the 10-year veteran. "His wife is here, I met with his mom. We're taking care of the family. Obviously it's a traumatic event for them, but right now it's as good as it could possibly be."

    This sort of violence is unexpected in the neighborhood considering a lot of the residents are either police or city employees.

    "We're going to catch the guy," McCarthy said when asked what he would say to these residents. "That's the message, and people need to know that they're accountable, and we're going to hold them accountable."

    Police continue looking for the suspect as their investigation continues. A suspect description has not been provided.