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Off-duty Chicago cop shot dead while sitting in parked vehicle, another man critically injured



An off-duty Chicago cop was fatally shot early Saturday morning while sitting in a parked vehicle with another man, who was critically injured.

The Chicago Police Department said that the men, both 23, were shot in Chicago's River North neighborhood around 3:30 am

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Two individuals approached the parked vehicle where the off-duty officer and the other man were sitting, produced and gun and opened fire before quickly running off, police said, according to FOX 32 Chicago.

The officer died after getting shot in the chest, arm and mouth, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The other man was transported to the hospital in critical condition. He was reportedly shot in the chest and arm, WLS reported.

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Chicago, the nation's third-largest city, has been reeling from widespread homicides and gun crime, becoming the crime capital of the country.

Although the city managed to reduce the number of homicides in 2018 compared to the two prior years, more people were killed in the city than in Los Angeles and New York City combined.

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Chicago police reported 561 homicides were committed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018, compared to 660 homicides in 2017 and more than 770 in 2016, which markets a 19-year high and put a national spotlight on Chicago's persistently high rates of violence.


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