Two people were arrested and a third is still at large after someone suspected of shooting out an apartment window and breaking into a van fled police, speeding through the Northwest and North sides for an hour before crashing in Roscoe Village, police said.
The saga began in the 4300 block of West Altgeld Street about 8 a.m. and ended about 9:20 a.m. near School Street and Paulina Avenue after the suspects caused two traffic accidents along the way and crashed the Jeep they were in, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli. A man and a woman were taken into custody after the crash, along with a .40-caliber handgun, and a second man was still at large, police said.
Police notified officials at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, 3319 N. Clifton Ave., and students there were kept indoors as police secured the scene and searched for the suspect. Officials were given the all-clear about 11:55 a.m., a Board of Education spokesman said.
About 8 a.m., a woman looked out her front window on Altgeld and saw two man hear a van, with a Jeep parked nearby. She turned away from the window and then heard a crash and felt something hit the back of her neck, police said.
The window had been shot out, and the woman injured by flying glass, with a bullet coming to rest inside the apartment. The Jeep, apparently with the two men inside, fled, and when officers arrived, they found that the van had been broken into, although it’s not immediately clear if anything was stolen.
Officers from the Grand Central District heard a description of the Jeep over their police radio, and saw the vehicle speeding away, police said. They pursued, but called off the chase because of the speed of the Jeep. Illinois State Police spotted the Jeep soon after, but also called off the chase, and Shakespeare District officers did the same.
Finally, after the Jeep struck vehicles in traffic in the 1900 block of West Diversey Avenue and the 1000 block of West School Street, officers from the Mass Transit Unit spotted it again near Lincoln Avenue and School Street, Mirabelli said. Soon after, about 9:22 a.m., the Jeep apparently hit a curb near School and Paulina Avenue, flipped over and stopped.
The three people in the Jeep tried to flee, but only one got away, police said. The two who were arrested were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment, but their injuries were not believed to be serious and their conditions had stabilized.
Police were still searching for the third suspect. He was described as an Hispanic man in his 20s, last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
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