West Loop man was shot when gang members opened fire on rivals who were robbing him: source

Update 11:30 p.m. July 28: The victim has died.


In a bizarre, only-in-Chicago twist, Chicago police now believe that a West Loop man suffered a gunshot wound Monday night after a group of gang members opened fire on members of a rival gang who were trying to rob him outside the Presidential Towers high-rise complex. According to a source:

The 52-year-old man, who lives in the four-tower complex at 555 West Madison, was walking into the building when three men walked up and tried to rob him at gunpoint around 11:22 p.m.

As he gave the men his wallet, a four-door sedan pulled up to the corner of Jefferson and Madison. Three gunmen emerged from the car and began shooting toward the robbers and the victim. One of the robbers returned fire.

At least 20 rounds were fired during the melee, according to a CPD report. One bullet struck the victim in his lower back, leaving him in serious condition.

The robbers ran into a nearby parking garage and the carload of assailants sped away. No one in either group was apparently injured.

Area Three detectives are handling the investigation.

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