Gunman misses off-duty cop, hits friend in Chatham neighborhood

Tribune reporter

An off-duty Chicago police officer managed to avoid being hit by gunfire in the Chatham neighborhood early this morning but a friend with him was hit, police said.

The two were outside a residence in the 7500 block of South Wabash Avenue about 2:20 a.m. when a gunman opened fire on the pair, said Police Officer Amina Greer, citing preliminary information.

The officer returned fire but missed, Greer said.

It was not clear if the site of the shooting was the officer's home.

The officer's friend, described as an adult male, was shot in the shoulder and taken to an area hospital in "stable" condition, Greer said.

Police are looking for the gunman.

Chatham is the same neighborhood where off-duty police officer Thomas Wortham IV was slain last year during an attempted robbery.

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