Off-duty Chicago FF shot multiple times while cutting lawn

A person of interest was taken into custody after the shooting, which left the firefighter hospitalized with several gunshot wounds


By Laura French

CHICAGO — An off-duty Chicago firefighter was shot multiple times while cutting his lawn on Thursday night. 

The firefighter sustained several gunshot wounds to his lower extremities, including his ankle, calf and buttocks, Chicago Fire Department Spokesman Larry Langford told the Chicago Tribune.

The firefighter was not identified by name but Langford said he is in his 50s, has been with the department for more than 25 years and is assigned to the South Side station. 

The shooter reportedly fired at the firefighter while running through an alley or gangway as the firefighter stood on his lawn and chatted with a neighbor.  

Langford said the firefighter is in stable condition at the hospital. 

A person of interest was taken into custody and a gun was recovered following the shooting, police said. Authorities have not announced any charges in the case. 

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