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Firefighter Shot While Putting Out Car Fire In Albany Park

The firefighter is expected to return home from the hospital soon, Ald. Rossana Rodriguez said.

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ALBANY PARK — A firefighter was shot while trying to put out a car fire on the Northwest Side Sunday morning.

About 1 a.m. Sunday, crews responded to reports of a car fire in the 3300 block of West Wilson Avenue, fire officials said.

While working to extinguish the blaze, a 36-year-old firefighter was hit in his left leg by a bullet. He was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he is expected to make a full recovery.

After reviewing security footage from cameras in the area police said it appears the gunman was trying to shoot at someone else and the firefighter was not the intended target. 

No one is in custody, but officers found three guns in a nearby apartment that may be related to the shooting. 

“We are glad to report that he is in good spirits and will be sent home soon. Thank you everyone for your thoughts,” said Ald. Rossana Rodriguez (33rd), in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon. 

The shooting happened on a residential block that sits between Theodore Roosevelt High School, 3436 W. Wilson Ave., and Christ Lutheran Church, 3253 W. Wilson Ave.

Area North detectives are still talking to witnesses and looking for additional information about the shooting. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Area North Detectives at (312) 744-8261 or to send tips anonymously via