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Man in Critical Condition After Being Shot by Chicago Police in Little Village

The shooting happened just before noon in the 2100 block of South St. Louis Avenue

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A man is in critical condition after he was shot by a Chicago police officer in the city's Little Village neighborhood Monday morning.

According to Chicago police, the shooting occurred in the 2100 block of South St. Louis Avenue at approximately 11:35 a.m.

Police say they were traveling in an unmarked vehicle when they saw a group of individuals standing near a double-parked vehicle at the location, according to details released by CPD.

After officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, an armed individual fled the scene.

Officers pursued the individual into a nearby vacant lot, and it was there that an officer fired his service weapon, striking the individual in the upper body.

Police say the man was taken to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

Ebony Chapman, the man's sister, said that her brother had been the target of repeated harassment by tactical officers in the area.

“The police roll up on him, checks him, they said he had a gun, but he showed he didn’t have a gun and he started running," she said. "They chase him, he stopped and he surrendered, and you shoot him."

Police say a firearm was recovered at the scene, and a 911 caller reported an individual carrying an assault rifle in the area, though it is unclear whether it was the individual ultimately shot during the encounter with police.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has launched an investigation into the shooting, and the officer will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days, per department policy.

Crown Community Academy, a school located near the scene of the shooting, said staff reported hearing shots fired in the vicinity of the school.

"We immediately brought all students and staff inside the school building and contacted the CPS Office of Safety and Security, who in turn contacted the Chicago Police Department (CPD)," the school said in an alert to parents. "CPD informed us that the area was secure and there was no longer a safety threat. The incident was not directly related to our school, and everyone is safe."

The school said added safety precautions will be in place for dismissal "and CPD and CPS security will be on-site to provide support."

"Please know that we take student safety extremely seriously," the note to parents read. "If your child voices any concerns or fears about this incident, please let us know, and we can provide them with extra support. Thank you for your understanding and support." If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us."

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