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Officials: Gunman holds hostages in Chicago suburb

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HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — Officials in a Chicago suburb say a gunman is barricaded in a home and holding hostages.

Two police officers were wounded by gunfire Tuesday afternoon in the incident after responding to a call of a burglary in progress in the city of Harvey, about 25 miles south of Chicago.

City spokesman Sean Howard tells the Chicago Sun-Times the suspect barricaded himself inside a home after "an exchange of gunfire" that wounded a police officer in the arm. He says the officer was taken to a hospital.

Mayor Eric Kellogg tells WLS-TV that a second officer was shot a short time later and suffered a graze wound to an arm.

Howard says a nearby middle school has been evacuated, but only staff and not students were in the building.

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