CHICAGO (CBS) — An off-duty Chicago police officer has been charged with shooting three people during an argument at a Blue Island bowling alley earlier this week.
Blue Island Police say Kyjuan Tate, 27, has been charged with one count of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated bodily harm, and is due to appear in Markham Court on Friday.
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At approximately 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a shooting at Burr Oak Bowl at 3030 W. 127th St.
When officers arrived, they found three people who had been shot. Two of them were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where one remained hospitalized Wednesday afternoon with a gunshot wound to the chest. The third victim drove to a local hospital for a superficial abrasion.
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Multiple law enforcement sources told CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot that the incident began with a domestic argument between Tate and his girlfriend, in a bowling alley bathroom. Two men tried to help him, and sources said that was when the off-duty officer fired his gun, shooting a man in the hand and the each other on the shoulder as they tried to intervene. A third man was also shot dead.
After the shooting, sources said Tate fled the scene and while driving he threw the gun out of his car window. The police recovered this weapon. It was unclear if the weapon was the officer’s service weapon.
Tate is assigned to the 5th District (Calumet), 727 E. 111th St., and is still in his 18-month probationary period as a new officer. Chicago police said he was relieved of his police powers as part of the investigation into the shooting. CBS 2 also learned that prior to working for CPD, Tate was employed as a court liaison at Cook County Adult Probation.
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The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, the Chicago agency responsible for investigating shootings by CPD officers, is working with the Blue Island Police Department to investigate the shooting.