Carjacker opens fire on couple at Loop intersection; October hijackings up 650% compared to 2019

A carjacker opened fire on a couple and stole their car in the Loop early Sunday, police said. No injuries were reported, but the victims’ car did have a bullet hole in the roof when cops found it.

A 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were stopped at a traffic light on the 900 block of South State when a man stepped out of a dark-colored SUV and began shooting at them around 12:11 a.m., according to a CPD statement. The victim got out of their white 2021 Dodge Charger and the gunman drove away with it, police said.

Police found the Charger abandoned near the intersection of Roosevelt Road and Clark Street a few minutes later. The victims described the gunman as a Black male who wore a black hoodie and a blue face mask.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

Chicago recorded 60 carjackings during the first nine days of October, up 650% compared to the same days in 2019 and up 58% compared to the period last year. By the way, that 650% is not a typo.

According to the city’s data, the Loop saw 20 carjackings this year through October 9, that’s up from 11 during the same period last year and five in 2019. City wide, 1,310 carjacking reports were filed this year through October 9, up from 939 at the same point last year and 430 during the period in 2019.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown insists that carjacking reports are declining.

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