The Chicago Police News Affairs office issued a statement regarding the shooting. They say it was at approximately 10 p.m. Friday when officers from a mobile strike unit were out on what is described as a targeted mission.
During the narcotics surveillance, officers say they saw a man walking through a vacant lot with a handgun. Police say they confronted the man and ordered him to drop his weapon, but they say, the man pointed his gun back at the officers.
Police shot and wounded the suspect, who was hospitalized with what police called "non-life-threatening" injuries at Mt. Sinai Saturday morning. He not been identified late Saturday, and there has been no word on his condition.
One community activist says he was in the neighborhood handing out flyers for an aldermanic forum next month when the shooting happened.
"It's part of the reason why we need strong leadership, to keep strong leadership or elect strong leadership to work with the police and the community to try to tone some of this stuff down. This is crazy. It's saddening," Marcus Betts told ABC7 Chicago.
No officers were injured.
The Independent Police Review Authority is now investigating the shooting.