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Police release video of gunman wanted for wounding Chicago police commander and sergeant in Austin

The officers were dispersing a crowd in the block of North Long Avenue on July 5 when someone fired from across the street, police said.

Video footage shows a person suspected of wounding two police officers July 5, 2021, in Austin, according to police.
Video footage shows a person suspected of wounding two police officers July 5, 2021, in Austin, according to police.

Police have released video of a gunman who opened fire on a crowd celebrating the Fourth of July in Austin, wounding a Chicago police commander and a sergeant.

The officers were dispersing a crowd about 1:30 a.m. July 5 in the 100 block of North Long Avenue when someone fired at the crowd from across the street, police said.

The video shows the suspected gunman walk from one side of the street to the other before firing shots from the sidewalk and fleeing.

Patrina Wines — who’s been with the Chicago Police Department for 28 years and took over as commander of the 15th District a little over a year ago — and a police sergeant were wounded. Wines was hit in the foot and the sergeant was grazed in the leg. Neither required hospitalization.

The officers were standing among dozens of neighborhood residents when they were struck. The crowd was breaking up largely peacefully when shots were fired.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said at the time that it wasn’t clear whether the officers were targeted, “or whether this was people celebrating shooting in the air, shooting indiscriminately.”

Anyone with information can call Area 4 detectives at 312-746-8251.