Carjackings reported in Loop and River North; shots fired during River North road rage clash

Carjackings were reported in River North on Wednesday afternoon and in the Loop early Thursday, according to Chicago police, who are also investigating a River North road rage incident that resulted in shots being fired on Wednesday morning.

Carjacking reports

A 31-year-old man told that two armed men hijacked his gold Honda Civic on the 500 block of North Clark around 1:10 p.m.

The man was sitting in the car when the offenders opened his driver and passenger doors and ordered him to get out while displaying a handgun, said Kellie Bartoli, a CPD spokesperson.

He complied with their demands. Police recovered his car on the 2400 block of South Francisco a short time later, Bartoli said.

According to the victim, the hijackers were two skinny Hispanic men in their early 20’s. One is about 5’7” tall and wore a white t-shirt with blue jeans.

Then, around 12:50 a.m. Thursday, an armed man displayed a handgun and robbed two men walking on the 800 block of South Wabash, police said. He took the victims’ wallets and then drove away with their gray 2012 Honda Accord.

They described the robber as a Black male wearing a black jacket.

Road rage

A Wisconsin man told police that a driver who sideswiped his car in River North on Wednesday morning got out and opened fire on him in the intersection of Dearborn and Ohio streets, according to a CPD report.

The report said that a white BMW struck the passenger side of the 50-year-old’s Mazda CX-5 as the cars headed east on Ohio Street at 8:12 a.m.

The BMW’s driver pointed a gun at him and then began shooting at him before continuing south on Wabash, according to the report, which said the incident was captured on two CPD surveillance cameras.

The victim described the gunman as a Black male who’s about 20-years-old wearing a full face mask.

Police reported that the victim’s car only had a small dent and scratches from the collision.

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