Two people were hospitalized after a shooting near the University of Illinois at Chicago this afternoon that involved an FBI agent who fired a weapon, authorities said.
The shooting occurred around 12:40 p.m. in the parking lot of a Jewel food store in the 1600 block of West Roosevelt Road in the Illinois Medical District, officials said.
One person was shot in the hip and taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital, officials said. A second person was also injured and taken to the hospital, but no details were available.
The FBI agent was not injured, according to agency spokesman Joan Hyde. She could not say if the agent hit anyone or why the agent was in the area.
After the shooting, a suspect got into a car and drove off but collided with another car at Harrison Street and Paulina Avenue and ran off, according to Bill Burton, spokesman for the University of Illinois-Chicago.
The suspect was described as a black man, 40-50, weighing 250 pounds, Burton said. He is bald or was wearing a skull cap, and was dressed in a black top, jeans and possibly wore glasses, according to Burton. He may be with a female companion, and one or both may be injured.
UIC police searched campus buildings and did not find anyone, Burton said early this afternoon, adding that Monday was the school's first day of spring break.
"Our police have been assisting as they often do," Burton said. "It's near campus and we certainly wanted people to avoid that area, that was the reason for the alert."