Three undercover law enforcement officers were shot and wounded Wednesday morning while driving onto an expressway on Chicago’s South Side.  Police said the shooting occurred at 5:50 a.m. near the 22nd District police station in the city’s Morgan Park neighborhood. The three were in an unmarked undercover vehicle on their way to an assignment when they were shot.

Chicago police Superintendent David Brown told reporters two of the officers are agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and one is a Chicago officer. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening. No arrests have been reported. Including Wednesday’s shooting, 36 Chicago officers have been shot or shot at this year, Brown said.

The shooting comes the same day as a scheduled visit to suburban Crystal Lake, Illinois, by President Joe Biden, and a day after police reported that 100 people were shot in Chicago — including two police officers who were wounded while trying to break up a crowd — over the long Fourth of July weekend. The holiday weekend shootings included 18 homicides.

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