Chicago Police Officer Shot on The Southside, Update Cop in Stable Condition

(Sun Times Wire) A Chicago Police officer was shot in the leg Friday afternoon while responding to an armed robbery, and police have arrested one individual in connection with the shooting, according to a police spokesman.

The shooting happened near 43rd and Ashland, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The female officer was “conscious and alert,” in stable condition and being taken to Stroger Hospital, Guglielmi said. As of late Friday afternoon, she was awake and waiting for a doctor to sign off on her release, authorities said.

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson was expected to speak to reporters later at a news conference.

Mary Gonzalez, 36, was inside her 3rd floor apartment on Marshfield near 43rd with her three childten, ages 7, 8, and 11, at the time of the shooting.

Gonzalez said the neighborhood has been “pretty quiet ” for the last month, but during past summer months she has heard gunfire every day for weeks at a time.

“It’s crazy up here,” she said. “Last year they got my house with an AK-47 like 25 times, but thank God nobody in my house was injured.”

Miguel Carmona, 40, was standing, chatting and eating on the patio of Orale Tacos, where the owner was grilling outside with half a dozen people, when the shots rang out.

He said a heard a bullet fly past his head as he ducked.

“I jumped on the floor and dropped my taco,” Carmona said, with translation services provided by a friend who asked not to be named.

The rod iron fence around the restaurant’s patio was damaged by a bullet.

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