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2 Officers Injured After Car Crash While Chasing Gunmen From Fatal Shooting

Derrick Howard, 19, was killed in the shooting.

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CHICAGO — Two Chicago Police officers were hospitalized when, while chasing after an alleged gunmen from an Auburn Gresham shooting, they were in a crash Wednesday night, police said.

The chase started after two men, 19 and 26, were shot in Auburn Gresham. At 7:03 p.m., the men were sitting in a car in the 8000 block of South Emerald Avenue when someone in another car pulled up and p\eople in that car fired shots at the two men, police said.

The 19-year-old man was hit in his chest and the 26-year-old was hit in his leg. They were taken to University of Chicago Medical Center. The 26-year-old’s condition was not available, but he was listed as “stable,” police said.

Derrick Howard, 19, of the 8000 block of South Union Avenue, was pronounced dead at 7:39 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Officers in a marked police car chased after the shooter’s vehicle and followed it to the 11800 block of South Western Avenue. At 7:14 p.m., they were still chasing the car when someone driving west on 119th Street hit the driver’s side of the police car, police said.

The two officers in the police car were taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital with minor injuries. Their conditions were not available but they were listed as “stable,” police said.

The driver of the other car was taken to Metro South Hospital with minor injuries. His or her condition was not available but he or she was listed as “stable,” police said.

The gunman’s car was not hit and the continued going south on Western Avenue, police said.

No one was in custody and an investigation was ongoing.