Man shot during afternoon hold-up in Wicker Park, police say

An armed robber shot a man during a hold-up attempt in Wicker Park on Friday afternoon, just around the corner from where a man was killed and four others injured in a mass shooting Sunday.

Police said a 55-year-old man was sitting in his car in an alley behind the 2000 block of West North Avenue when the robber approached him around 3:45 p.m. The offender demanded the victim’s property and then shot at the victim, according to police.

Bullets struck the man in his left hip and left leg. EMS took him to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized, police said.

Investigators draped crime scene tape around an alley that runs next to the Blue Line L tracks next to Estelle’s Cafe & Lounge, 2013 West North Avenue.

The gunman is described as a thin Hispanic male who’s about 19-years-old. He stands about 5’7” tall and wore a white hoodie, jeans, and Nike gym shoes, according to a witness.

Friday’s shooting unfolded about a block from where five people were injured when four gunmen fired shots outside a nightclub on the 1500 block of North Milwaukee Avenue. One of the gunmen, identified in social media posts as 32-year-old Raymond Jones, was killed, officials said.

Prosecutors on Wednesday said Teanius Sykes, 35, was one of the other shooters.

He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery by discharging a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm endangering others, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and a misdemeanor gun violation.

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