Off-Duty Officer Shot in Both Legs

The officer was standing on his back porch when he heard gunfire, police said

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    An off-duty Chicago officer was shot in both legs early Friday on Chicago's South Side, police said. 

    The 38-year-old officer was on his back porch around 1:30 a.m. in the 9700 block of South Genoa Avenue when he heard several gunshots, according to a police statement. He felt pain in both legs and was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

    Police said a brown van fled the scene and crashed at 101st Place and Wood Street. The possible suspect ran, and police continue their search.

    The officer's injuries are non-life-threatening, police said. He remains in the hospital Friday and is expected to fully recover.

    Police confirmed the incident was not a shoot-out and the officer never fired his weapon. It's unclear whether the officer was the intended target. Detectives found numerous shell casings near the rail tracks behind the house.

    The officer's name and district were not released. Police say he has 10 years of experience on the force.

    No one is in custody in the shooting.