Police shot a woman who they said pointed a gun toward them Thursday night in a Pilsen alley.
A group of people called 911 after a woman pointed a gun at them in the 1000
block of West Cullerton Street about 10:30 p.m.
The woman had been walking with the gun exposed when the group approached
her. The woman continued north on Morgan Street and west into an alley between
19th Street and Cullerton Street.
According to police, when civilian-dressed officers approached her in the
alley, the woman pointed the gun toward them. She matched a description provided
to police by the group that called 911. Police fired at her, hitting her several
The officers had announced that they were police before shooting.
Fraternal Order of Police Spokesman Patrick Camden said the weapon was a BB
gun and that she had ducked behind a garbage can before poking back up and
pointing the weapon toward the police.
"Nobody's going to wait around to see if it's real or a toy," Camden
The woman, between the ages of 18 and 24, was taken to John H. Stroger Jr.
Hospital of Cook County.