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At least 8, including 4 Chicago police officers, injured in Washington Park crash following shooting

A crash involving at least eight people, including the four officers, occurred a short time later. However, it remains unclear how the two incidents are connected.

Four Chicago police officers were among the eight people injured in a multiple vehicle crash following a shooting on Saturday afternoon in the Washington Park neighborhood, police said.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, the crash was connected to a shooting that injured two people outside the 3rd District police station, 7040 S. Cottage Grove Ave. A man and woman were near the sidewalk when they were approached by a vehicle, and at least one person inside produced a gun and fired shots, police said. The man was struck in the thigh, and the woman sustained a graze wound to the buttocks.

Both victims were taken to the hospital in good condition. According to authorities, Chicago police officers located the suspects' vehicle in the 5400 block of South State Street. Four officers responding to the scene were involved in a crash, police said.

Two of the injured officers were taken to the hospital in serious-to-critical condition, according to CFD. A third officer was listed in fair-to-serious condition, while a fourth self-transported to the hospital.

An additional three people were taken to an area hospital in fair-to-serious condition, fire officials said. Another victim was listed in good-to-fair condition, according to authorities. Four suspects were taken into custody, and two handguns were recovered from the scene, police said.

Illinois State Rep. Angie Guerrero-Cuellar released a statement on Saturday night, saying her husband was one of the Chicago police officers injured in the crash.

husband was one of the responding Chicago police officers injured in the traffic crash in the 5400 block of S. State

"We are surrounded by our family and family in blue," she said in the statement, in part. "I ask that you keep everyone involved in your thoughts and prayers. This is the phone call no family ever wants to receive. Thank you for all the phone calls, text messages, prayers and support.”

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