CHICAGO (WLS) – A Chicago police officer was shot dead in the Lincoln Park neighborhood Monday afternoon, officials confirmed.
The shooting took place on the 1000 block of West North Avenue at the North & Sheffield Commons Shopping Center.
Officials said the officer was shot in the cheek and taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital for treatment, where he was listed in good condition.
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Chicago Police Commissioner David Brown said the incident began when a seemingly strange and unpredictable customer at the Ulta Beauty store caught the attention of employees and customers. After a confrontation inside, it turned into a scuffle with a security guard that spilled into the street. The guard called the police and when the officers arrived, the customer pulled out a gun. The shooter fired three shots, but the officer was only hit once in the face.
A short cell phone video clip shows the officer leaning against a silver car just moments after he was hit by a bullet in the cheek. Customers were still crawling as colleagues rushed to his aid.
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No further details about the officer were released until her family was notified. The officers didn’t fire their guns, Brown said.
Sup. Brown said the Chicago police were extremely quick to respond to both the Ulta store incident and the shooting itself as the department increased patrols in the area after some targeted shoplifting as part of their overall citywide security plan.
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Dozens of investigators raved about the North Side shopping center, collecting surveillance videos and marking cartridge cases. Police confirmed that they had arrested the shooter and found a handgun that they believe was used in the shooting.
Alderman Brian Hopkins confirmed that the store has been subject to organized shoplifting programs in the past.
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