Chicago has been hit with two shootings inside police stations in the space of a fortnight as the city’s violent crime crisis deepens.
Meanwhile, Chicago’s Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot is busy making videos to post on the Chinese Communist Party’s social media app TikTok.
On Wednesday, a man was shot by cops inside a Chicago Police Station after he entered the facility, shouted anti-police sentiments, and pointed a gun at officers and civilian staff.
The incident occurred at the 10th District police station in North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side.
“One of the officers immediately sees what appears to be a barrel of a gun protruding from the wrapped plastic bag that the offender is holding in his hand,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said.
“The offender shouts and rants anti-police sentiment and then begins pointing the gun at the officers that are working the front desk,” Brown said.
When the man did not drop the gun three officers opened fire.
The man is not dead and is being treated at a nearby hospital and is in police custody.
“Civilians don’t necessarily sign up for this,” Brown said of the rattled civilian staff.
“So they are really shook up from this.”
“We have not identified this offender yet,” Brown said.
“We don’t have identification.
“He’s not being very cooperative in telling us who he is.”
BREAKING: Police involved shooting in @ChicagoCAPS10 station. No Officers injured. One offender in custody and transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital. Stable condition. Offender’s gun recovered on scene. IRT on scene.Additional details to follow. @Area4Detectives #ChicagoPolice pic.twitter.com/66eYpOFC7F
— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) October 5, 2022
It is never a good sign when the police have to strengthen the security around their buildings.
However, this is the second shooting inside a Chicago police station in two weeks.
As Slay News reported last month, another man was shot after breaking into a Chicago Police Department training facility and pointing a gun at cops.
The incident occurred at the CPD’s Homan Square evidence facility on the West Side of Chicago on September 26.
The armed intruder entered the building during a training exercise and, at first, the police weren’t sure if the man was part of the training.
When the cops realized he was not part of the SWAT training, a Chicago Police officer shot the intruder in the face.
“There’s several things we can look at doing,” Brown said.
“I think we’ll obviously strengthen security measures at our police facilities.”
Meanwhile, as Chicagoans battle the rapidly deteriorating conditions in the city, Mayor Lightfoot was busy playing dress-up to make social media videos.
She should worry more about addressing crime, pension shortfalls and fleeing jobs and companies than Tik Tok.
— 16th & 17th District Chicago Police Scanner (@CPD1617Scanner) October 5, 2022
Just last week, Chicago police shot an intruder who entered the Homan Square police facility at Homan and Fillmore through a fire escape and propped-open door.
In that incident, police said Donald Patrick, 47, of Waukegan, grabbed unloaded weapons off a table and pointed them at unarmed officers, who were in a training exercise.
“Violence towards police is escalating. You used to see officers get injured or shot during enforcement operations. Then, officers getting ambushed. And now we’re seeing officers getting attacked in their own station,” said Ed Farrell, a security expert with Silver Star Protection Group.
According to The Chicago Sun-Times:
An officer was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center but did not suffer a gunshot wound, the fire department said.
The nature of the officer’s injuries weren’t immediately known.
After the shooting, officers cordoned off streets and directed traffic around the Homan Square facility, a former Sears, Roebuck & Co. warehouse.
A police spokeswoman urged members of the media not to photograph officers around the facility because they may be working undercover or doing other sensitive work.
The Homan Square compound houses the police department’s Evidence and Recovered Property Section and also serves as a hub for undercover operations and the counterterrorism bureau.
Chicago Sees 2 Shootings Inside Police Stations in 2 Weeks https://t.co/lrOlPMLjAk
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) October 6, 2022