Three people were injured Monday afternoon after a shooting involving an FBI agent and a car crash near the University of Illinois at Chicago. The agent was not among the injured, officials said.
The shooting occurred in the 1600 block of West Roosevelt Road in the Illinois Medical District at around 12:40 p.m., in the parking lot of a Jewel-Osco store. Following the shooting, the gunman fled in a vehicle which later crashed with another vehicle at Harrison Street and Paulina Avenue.
An elderly couple, a man in his mid-80s and his 78-year-old wife, were injured from the crash and taken to John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County, a source told NBC Chicago. The woman was released Monday night but her husband remained in the hospital in stable condition.
A third person was originally transported to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. An official said earlier in the day the injury was a gunshot wound, but that detail was unclear later in the day. An official said the person's condition had stabilized by Monday night, however.
An FBI spokeswoman said she couldn't say why the agent was in the area or if he or she shot anyone. The FBI is routinely involved in bank robbery investigations but there was not a report of one in the area at the time.
Monday is the first day of spring break at UIC. The students who remained on campus were immediately notified of the incident via an electronic alert.
"As soon as this all happened they had cops on the scene and [campus officials] sent out an email right away," said one student. "I knew about it right away."
The shooter was described as a black man between the ages of 40 and 50 years, according to a Rush University Medical Center official. He may be bald and was seen wearing a skull cap, black top, jeans and possible eyeglasses.
UIC police, Chicago police and the FBI were searching for the shooter. Campus buildings were searched, but UIC police were unable to locate the shooter as of 10 p.m.
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