CFD 10-1 79th & Yates Shots Fired at Engine 126

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A man who intervened in a traffic crash in a South Chicago neighborhood fired shots at a crowd of people early Thursday, hitting the windshield of a Chicago fire truck. One of the three firefighters in the truck said he suffered a cut to his nose, apparently from flying glass.

The two-car crash happened in the 7900 block of South Yates Avenue just before 2:25 a.m. One of the people involved in the crash called the man to the scene and an argument ensued. 

As firefighters in Engine 126 pulled up, the man retreated to a car he parked nearby, grabbed a handgun, and fired from the edge of the parking lot, according to witnesses. 

Two firefighters had gotten out of the truck and three were inside when he started shooting. 

Officers arrested a suspect and recovered a weapon.

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Firefighters who responded to a car crash on Chicago’s South Side early Thursday morning wound up having to take cover after someone shot at their fire truck.

Engine 126 responded around 2:30 a.m. to a two-car crash at East 79th Street and South Yates Boulevard in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood and an argument between two people involved in the crash broke out in front of the fire truck.

A person involved in the crash allegedly called a man to come to the scene. Police said that man grabbed a handgun from his car and started firing shots into a crowd. A bullet struck the windshield of the engine and at least one firefighter was cut by flying glass. He is expected to be OK. No one else was hurt.

The man who opened fire ran into a nearby restaurant. Police gave chase and caught him. They also recovered the handgun.

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