Cops Discover Stray-Gunshot Victim In House, Administer Aid

Steve Miller
September 12, 2019 - 5:43 pm

From left, Chicago Police officers Michael Kocanda and Rodolfo Farias. (WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Three Chicago Police officers who were on the scene of a South Side shooting this week noticed a stray bullet had put a hole in the window of a home. 

That was the beginning of a chain of lifesaving events.

"Shots fired" was the call police responded to near 73rd and Wolcott on Wednesday. They found a man who'd been shot.

Nearby, Officer Rodolfo Farias noticed a bullet hole in the window of a house. He said he heard sounds from inside the home.

"Some moaning,” he told reporters at a news conference Thursday. “I was able to look inside there and it appeared to me to be someone laying on the floor. 

“At that time we made entry into the house and we discovered the young lady with a gunshot wound to her face, laying face down in a pool of blood."

Police told the woman help was on the way. Her condition was stabilized.

Officer Michael Kocanda said it has not escaped him or the other officers that the outcome may have been different if they hadn't noticed the bullet hole.

"I think about that all the time. It's like, could she have been there a day?” he said. “Could she have been there two days? I mean, maybe she was praying when we found her."

Also assisting was Sgt. Rudy Vargas. 

Chicago Police Sgt. Rudy Vargas (WBBM Newsradio)