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A loose pit bull that was charging towards a Chicago police officer was shot after it bit a 17-year-old boy and a man this morning in the South Shore neighborhood.

Several people called police to report a loose pit bull in the 6900 block of South Shore Drive about 9 a.m. said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.

Police got there and shot the "charging" pit bull after the animal bit someone, said Sedevic, who was citing preliminary information.

Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien said the animal bit a 17-year-old boy and a man of an unknown age. Both were taken in good condition to South Shore Hospital, O'Brien added.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Will Knight, who said paramedics responded at 8:45 a.m.

No officers were hurt, said Sedevic.

Police did not know what the pit bull's condition was after it was shot.

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