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Woman shot by police during ‘armed confrontation’ in Lawndale

The shooting happened about 3:35 p.m. in the 1500 block of South Karlov Avenue, according to Chicago police and fire officials.

Authorities investigate after a person was shot by police Saturday in the 1500 block of South Karlov.
Authorities investigate after a person was shot by police Saturday in the 1500 block of South Karlov.
Madeline Kenney/Sun-Times

A woman was shot by police Saturday in Lawndale on the West Side.

Officers with the Community Safety Team were investigating a vehicle that was illegally parked in a tow zone about 3:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of South Karlov when a female inside the car “began exhibiting characteristics of an armed person,” Chicago police said.

An “armed confrontation” broke out shortly after between the officers and the female, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Fire officials said the woman, believed to be in her 20s, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

Two other people who were also in the car were taken into custody and are being questioned by detectives, police said.

Fire officials said a 29-year-old man was taken to Rush University Medical Center in connection with the incident, but details of his injuries were not immediately known. His condition had stabilized.

Joao Carranza, who lives around the corner from where the shooting took place, said his brother-in-law ran downstairs and said he heard 10 gun shots.

“[I told him] to stop playing ... but we saw the cops and that’s when we [got] worried,” Carranza said, who added it’s not the first time his family has heard gunshots in the area.

“It’s normal here to hear gunshots but it’s scary because we have our whole family and we get scared,” he said. “We always lock down our house, [we’re] trying to buy cameras because you never know.”

“The violence has to stop here because we have kids... You never know what’s going to happen,” he said.