Chicago police officers help save life of woman struck by stray bullet

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CHICAGO — The actions of two Chicago police officers helped save the life of a 35-year-old woman struck by a stray bullet in West Englewood.

On Tuesday afternoon, police responded to a call of shots fired in the 7300 block of S. Wolcott, where a 21-year-old male sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

As Sgt. Rodolfo Vargas, along with Officers Rodolfo Farias and Michael Kocanda, continued to canvass the area, police said they noticed a bullet hole in the front window of a residence and saw a second shooting victim inside.

The officers made an emergency forced entry and found an unresponsive 35-year-old woman who had suffered a gunshot wound to the front of her head from a stray bullet. Farias and Kocanda consoled the victim and helped keep her comfortable until she was transported to Christ Hospital. The victim is now in critical but stable condition.


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