First responders, police caught in the crossfire of holiday gun violence

CHICAGO — A Chicago police sergeant was grazed by a bullet in a West Town shooting Saturday evening, one of a few instances of first responders getting caught up in the city's gun violence over Memorial Day weekend.

Around 11:55 p.m. Saturday, someone in a black SUV fired shots at a gold SUV near the intersection of Chicago and Noble avenues, according to the Chicago Tribune. The car of a Chicago police sergeant was caught in the crossfire, and a bullet plowed through her windshield and grazed her bulletproof vest. She was taken the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition.

Once backup arrived, several bullet casings were found on the ground nearby. Police say the incident was gang- related, and a black SUV was later found in the 1800 block of north Springfield.

Three hours later in Gage Park, an off-duty officer was shot at by suspected gang members. Just after 3 a.m., the officer was approached by a group shouting gang slogans. The group then fired at the officer, they said, and the off-duty fired back before the group ran off. They were not hurt.

About 30 minutes later at 3:45 a.m., paramedics with the Chicago Fire Department responded to a woman who was down near 68th and Bell.  While they were treating the woman in the ambulance, shots were fired nearby.

No one inside the ambulance was hit by gunfire, but police have since filed aggravated battery charges against the woman being treated, because she became combative and allegedly kicked a paramedic in the head during treatment.

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson is expected to address some of these incidents Tuesday, when he discusses the holiday weekend gun violence.