Armed carjackers fired shots at a rideshare driver in Wicker Park and took his car Thursday evening, police said. Another motorist was hijacked at almost exactly the same time.
Police said a 27-year-old rideshare driver was driving in the 2100 block of West Evergreen when a man fired shots that struck his car at 10:09 p.m.
Three men then walked up, held him at gunpoint, and forcefully removed him from his car, according to Officer Ronald Westbrooks, a CPD spokesperson.
The offenders repeatedly struck the driver with the handgun, and they drove away southbound with his red 2018 Toyota Camry.
An ambulance crew took the victim to St. Mary’s Hospital where he is in fair condition, Westbrooks said.
The victim described the suspects as two Black males, one of whom had a gun, and a Hispanic male.
Another driver was carjacked at gunpoint in the 1500 block of North Wicker Park Avenue within a minute of that attack, Westbrooks said.
According to Westbrooks, the second victim, a 32-year-old man, was sitting in his gray 2016 Audi A7 when a green Honda CR-V pulled up and two men got out while displaying handguns. They ordered the victim to get out and surrender all of his property. He complied.
One carjacker drove away with his car. The other returned to the CR-V, which followed the Audi south on Wicker Park Avenue.
Westbrooks said the carjackers are three Black males who may be teenagers.
A group of men stole a green Honda CR-V from in front of a Lakeview restaurant about an hour before the Wicker Park carjacking. It is not known if the cases are related.