A Chicago man who allegedly shot three police officers after confusing them with rival gang members early Wednesday morning is now facing up to 20 years in prison.
The officers, two ATF agents and an ATF Task Force officer drove in an unmarked car around noon. 05.45 while working on a covert federal investigation on the South Side of Chicago.
As officers melted into a mid state, a man driving a white Chevrolet Malibu suddenly rolled down the window and started firing a gun at them.
One of the officers was hit in the hand, one was hit in the torso, and one had a grass wound on the back of his head. They were all non-life-threatening injuries.
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Police were able to track down the suspect, 28-year-old Eugene McLaurin, to a nearby residence just an hour after the shooting, where they arrested him and took him in for questioning.
McLaurin was charged Thursday with using a dangerous and deadly weapon to attack an ATF special agent.
According to a criminal complaint, McLaurin told investigators that he started following the white Chrysler 300 that ATF officers were in, “because he thought it was a vehicle driven by ‘opps’, referring to members of a rival street gang. “
McLaurin said the day before the shooting, a friend told him a white Chrysler 300 was monitoring the area, investigators wrote in the complaint.
Arrest records in Chicago show that McLaurin has previously been the victim of several charges, including possession of a firearm by a criminal and illegal contact with street gang members while on parole.
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Wednesday morning shootings came on the heels of a bloody Fourth of July weekend in which at least 100 people were shot and 18 killed in Chicago.
So far in 2021, there have been more than 1,600 shootings in the city, leaving 365 people dead. The shootings have increased by 11% this year compared to the same time frame in 2020, while the killings are flat compared to last year.
Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.