North Side residents express frustration after DPC agent gunned down outside mall – NBC Chicago
A Chicago police officer was released from an area hospital after being shot in the face in a scuffle with a suspect outside a popular North Side shopping district, but residents of the region are increasingly fed up with the violence they endure in their community.
The officer, who has not been identified, was grazed in the cheek by a bullet when a man shot him three times during an altercation outside a beauty salon on Monday afternoon. The incident occurred in the 1000 block of West North Avenue and began when a man inside an Ulta store began to behave erratically.
An officer arrived at the scene to speak to the man, and it was then that a struggle began. This fight spilled over into the parking lot and by the time a second officer arrived at the scene, the suspect had pulled out a gun and fired three shots at the first officer who responded.
The suspect was taken into custody, a gun was recovered and the officer was treated and released from a local hospital.
Now, area residents are expressing their frustrations with the situation in their community and at Chicago Ald. Brian Hopkins is one of them. He says crime is on the rise in the area and is also concerned about how the police are viewed in the city.
Chicago Police said the officer was shot after responding to a disturbance at an Ulta beauty store near the intersection of West North Avenue and North Sheffield Avenue on Monday afternoon.
âAll Chicagoans should understand that they are not the enemy,â he said.
The residents of the neighborhood say they are terrified by the situation.
âIf they shoot a policeman, they will shoot anyone,â one said. “It gives me chills, and it scares whoever you are.” I’m afraid to walk to my car. I’m afraid to take my purse anywhere.
Hopkins says attacks on police have increased dramatically from 2020 and the growing number of crime in the city paints a heartbreaking picture.
“I don’t know how much of this we can take more of it,” he said. “How our city can survive.”