CHICAGO — An off-duty Chicago Police officer was fatally shot in River North early Saturday.
At about 3:28 a.m., four people were sitting in a parked car in the 700 block of North Clark Street when two unknown men approached them and fired multiple shots into the car before running away, according to Chicago Police.
A 23-year-old off-duty officer was shot in the chest, arm and mouth, police said. He was pronounced dead at Northwestern Hospital.
The other victim, also 23 years old, was shot in the chest and arm and is currently in surgery at Northwestern Hospital, police said. He was critically injured but is in stable condition, according to Officer Jessica Rocco, a Chicago Police spokesperson.
The officer was identified as John P. Rivera, 23, of the 13100 block fo South Green Bay Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Rivera had worked as an officer for nearly two years and was assigned to the Gresham (6th) Police District, Rocco said.
Area Central detectives are speaking to two persons of interest in the case, Rocco said.
The motive for the shooting is unknown, the Sun-Times reports.
“There’s no problems, there’s no words exchanged,” Deputy Police Supt. Anthony Riccio said Saturday morning.
The Tribune reports that Rivera had been working on a murder investigation earlier in the night, before heading to River North after his shift.