One cop was shot and lost a middle finger in the furious gunfight that witnesses say involved as many as 50 gunshots. Two ghetto rats lay dead and a third is in critical condition in the aftermath of a failed gang hit plot on a rival.
Three gang members from the, “New Breed” were in route to murder a rival gang member. Our three tough guys were under surveillance for their suspected involvement in several recent West side killings.
Apparently the officers learned of the intentions through wiretapped conversations. As the trio approached Humbolt Park on Kedzie Avenue, the officers made a stop on the vehicle and the heavily armed occupants. A backseat passenger leveled an AK-47 rifle at officers who opened fire on the offenders. A 14-year veteran officer was shot by one of the offenders and lost his finger as a result.
The dead and wounded were removed to Chicago’s Mt. Sinai Hospital. Soon the hit men’s families showed up and tried to battle with the cops right at the hospital.
I always made it a practice to mislead the friends and family members of offenders sending them to the wrong hospitals. That’s beneficial two ways. One is to give them time to cool down and the other is to protect the cops and hospital staff from these kinds of confrontations.
Thankfully the officers followed their training and survived the gun battle. The streets of Chicago have three fewer ghetto rats to demonstrate that Chicago’s gun laws only endanger the law abiding.