Chicago police: Officers "put their lives on the line every single day"

Posted at 7:01 AM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 07:01:12-04

(RNN) - Two police officers were shot on the South Side of Chicago Tuesday night in what police believe was a targeted attack.

The officers were conducting a follow up investigation to an earlier incident, when two cars pulled alongside them and began firing indiscriminately at the officers, according to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

A manhunt is underway for the shooters, and Johnson said that police are talking to a few people of interest in the early stage of the investigation.

The motive remains unclear, but police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Associated Press that they believe the officers were targeted.

Both officers were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

One officer was shot in the back and the other in the arm and hip. Both officers were civilian-dressed but had on vests with police badges on them, Guglielmi said.

Police recovered multiple weapons from the scene of the crime.

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