CHICAGO – An ATF agent is fighting for his life Friday after being critically injured in a shooting in Chicago during a joint assignment with Chicago Police Department.
Residents near the Back of the Yards neighborhood said they heard a series of gunshots around 3:15 a.m. local time and the agent was later rushed to a nearby hospital.
“Officer hit, we need an escort to the hospital now!” an officer is heard saying in police scanner traffic in the moments after the shooting. “We need an ambulance as soon as possible. Find someone to meet us. He may be hit in the head.”
It was not immediately clear what the joint assignment’s mission was and no one has been taken into custody, according to the Chicago Tribune.
A second officer was taken to a local hospital for observation but he was not hit by gunfire, police said.
In 2017, the ATF sent 20 agents to Chicago to coordinate with local authorities to combat the city’s gun violence epidemic. The agents reportedly joined dozens already in the city, according to US News.
Before the announcement about the agent surge, President Trump took to Twitter, saying: “Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!”
Yet, the ATF agent was not alone in the Windy City.
Nearly 40 people were shot during the first three days of this week in gun-controlled Chicago, reported Breitbart.
The wounded included a 15-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, while the deceased included a 21-year-old mother.
The Chicago Tribune reports that twelve people, including the 4-year-old girl, were shot during one 12-hour period stretching from “Tuesday through early Wednesday.”
The 15-year-old boy was shot while riding a CTA bus home from school on Wednesday. Police said the boy was hit by a “stray bullet” that grazed his head.
The 21-year-old mother, Nakia Bailey, was shot and killed Wednesday night while “standing with a group of people on the West Side’s Homan Square neighborhood.” The gunman in a silver car opened fire on her as he rode past.
The shootings came after unseasonably high temperatures were accompanied by a level of weekday violence that “is usually not seen until the middle of summer.” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said, “It’s not like people sit around and say, you know, I’m gonna wait for the weather to warm up to start making acts of crime. You just have more people out.”
On December 21, 2016, Breitbart News reported the murder rate in gun-controlled Chicago had gotten so high it was skewing national murder figures. The death toll in Chicago had passed 730 for the year by December 6, 2016. And the Chicago Tribune reported that the number of murders in Chicago reached 755 by December 21, 2016.
The Washington Post reported that Brennan Center of Justice expected “the homicide rate for the country’s 30 biggest cities … to go up by 14 percent” at that time. But they noted that “the killings in Chicago [accounted] for an astounding 43.7 percent of this overall increase in [homicides].”