Man on bike shot at officers in West Ridge, police say

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A gunman is at large after police said he shot at officers in Chicago's West Ridge neighborhood overnight.

The suspect was on a bike in the 2700-block of West Peterson Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when police said he started yelling gang slogans, pulled out a gun and opened fire on police before riding away. No one was injured, but a police car was hit.

Police used canines and a helicopter to search for the gunman, as well as officers on the ground. But they have not found him.

This latest shooting comes days before what's expected to be a violent Memorial Day weekend.

In 2014, 26 people were shot and seven were murdered during the holiday weekend. In 2015, those numbers nearly doubled with 48 shootings and 14 murders.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said police are stepping up for Memorial Day weekend, but emphasized that families must do their due diligence when it comes to guns.

"The ages of kids having guns and willing to use them are like 14, 15 and 16 years old so I think parents have to be a lot more vigilant on what children bring into the home and what they're doing outside the home and who their friends are," Johnson said.

Nadine Campbell, who dropped her son off at school Wednesday morning, agreed with Johnson.

"If the parents work together with the police department and talk to the young people about shootings, that will help a whole lot," Campbell said.

She said she doesn't want her son to fall victim to the violence plaguing the city. There have already been more than 1,000 shootings in Chicago this year.
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