‘10-1! 10-1! I got shot in the head!’ screams 1 of 2 cops shot while in line at Maxwell Street in Lawndale

‘10-1! 10-1! I got shot in the head!’ screams 1 of 2 cops shot while in line at Maxwell Street in Lawndale

One of two Chicago police officers who were shot early Friday while in line at a hot dog stand in Lawndale has been released from a hospital, the department said.

Meanwhile, a man was being held in the attack.

The officers were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in fair condition, but one of them was released Friday morning, and the other remained in the hospital, police Superintendent David Brown said at a news conference Friday.

Just before 3:30 a.m., an officer cried out “10-1! 10-1!” into his radio, signaling an officer emergency.

“I got shot in the head! I got shot in the head!” he said.

The officers were on a break at The Original Maxwell Street, a hot dog and hamburger stand in the 600 block of South Independence Boulevard, Brown said. A man standing in line in front of one of the officers reached into his pocket to pull out money, but a handgun fell out onto the ground, the superintendent said.

The man picked up the gun and “without any warning” shot at the officer standing near him, grazing the officer’s head, Brown said. He then shot three times into the driver’s side of a police car in the parking lot, striking an officer in the leg, Brown said.

“It was really a bang-bang moment,” Brown said. There was no time for the officers to draw their own weapons or turn on body-worn cameras, he said.

A nearby undercover officer heard the shots and pursued the man, Brown said. He and other responding officers caught up with the man a few blocks away and placed him in custody, the superintendent said.

A weapon, which Brown said was “tossed” by the man, was recovered, police said.

Police are investigating, and there is video of the shooting, Brown said. No charges had been filed before the Friday morning news conference.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the shooting “a brazen and callous attack.”

The officers were the third and fourth to be shot at or shot this year, Lightfoot said.

The shooting “underscores that there are way too many people carrying illegal firearms and proves why diligent law enforcement action against illegal firearm possession is essential,” Lightfoot said. Brown did not say whether the gun recovered by police was illegal.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said the shooting was “a stark reminder of the dangers (police officers) run into on behalf of our community.”

“Any act of senseless violence cannot be the norm in our city,” Brown said.