Chicago, IL – Police shot a man on Saturday who had shot a Chicago police officer earlier in the day and a random woman on a sidewalk on Wednesday.
The strange series of events began around noon on Sept. 18 while a woman was walking to lunch with colleagues in the 200-block of North Milwaukee Avenue in the Fulton River district, WGN reported.
A man on a bicycle – later identified as 45-year-old Michael Blackman – rode up to the group and passed them.
Then he doubled back and shot the woman in the back, WGN reported.
Chicago Police Deputy Chief Brendan Deenihan said the motive for the shooting remained a mystery, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“It appears he randomly targeted and shot this poor woman,” Chief Deenihan said.
Police identified Blackman as the shooter using surveillance footage from a bike shop nearby.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters that at about 8:40 a.m. on Saturday morning, officers went to a home in the 1900-block of West 65th Street to try and apprehend Blackman, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Superintendent Johnson said that Blackman tried to flee out the back door of the home and ran into officers who were there waiting for him.
There was a struggle and Blackman opened fire, shooting one of the officers multiple times, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Both officers returned fire but Blackman escaped the area. It wasn’t known if he was hit by any of the officers’ bullets at that time.
The 40-year-old officer who had been critically wounded was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in a police vehicle, WGN reported.
The wounded officer applied his own tourniquet while his partner put pressure on his wounds.
“He came basically bleeding to death,” Dr. Jane Kayle Lee told reporters at the hospital. “He had already lost a significant amount of blood.”
Lee said the officer had one gunshot wound to his groin and two more to his leg.
"He’s certainly not out of the woods,'' Superintendent Johnson said. “He’s talking to us. He’s still a little groggy from the anesthesia, but he’s wiggling his toes.''
As soon as the bleeding officer was transported, police launched a massive manhunt for the gunman, the Chicago Tribune reported.
They set up a perimeter in the area and did a door-by-door search through the neighborhood.
They also began reviewing surveillance video from nearby homes and businesses, and by Saturday afternoon investigators had found video of Blackman entering a vacant lot just three blocks from where he shot the police officer, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Video showed Blackman going into the railyard in the 6400-block of South Hoyne Avenue but not leaving, so police concentrated their search there.
Chief Deenihan told reporters at the scene that Blackman suddenly “popped up” in the railyard and fired at officers, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Then he fled west across the train tracks to where another set of police officers was waiting.
There was a gunfight between the officers and Blackman and the gunman was eventually taken into custody, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Chief Deenihan said Blackman was transported to the hospital in critical condition with “eight holes in him” and a broken femur.
The chief said his gun was recovered with an empty magazine, the Chicago Tribune reported.
He said none of the officers involved in the second gun battle were injured.
Superintendent Johnson said that Blackman had a long criminal record dating back to 1991, the Chicago Tribune reported.
He has multiple burglary convictions, including two cases in 2003 for which he was sentenced to eight years in prison.
A warrant was issued for his arrest in 2018, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said police were investigating whether Blackman was also responsible for the June 8 shooting of a woman in the Lakeview neighborhood.