Homeless hero rescues victim who is shot during an apparent robbery attempt in Streeterville

A man was shot and seriously wounded during an apparent robbery in Streeterville early Saturday, and a quick-thinking homeless person may have helped save his life. Shortly after 3 a.m., an Uber passenger reported seeing three men fighting and hearing shots fired as he rode near Columbus Drive and Illinois Street in Streeterville.

Investigators did not find any immediate signs of trouble. But that changed about 10 minutes later when a 34-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds arrived at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in a minivan.

Police say the victim was on the 100 block of East Illinois when another man shot him repeatedly and fled the scene. Passersby told police they thought the victim was shot during a struggle with an armed robber, according to a CPD statement. The victim suffered two gunshot wounds to the back of his head and three to his left forearm, according to a police report.

A homeless man loaded the victim into the victim’s nearby minivan and drove him to the hospital.

Investigators recovered several shell casings near a service entrance to the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel. Area Three detectives are handling the case.

Police were looking for a gunman who’s described as a Black male in his early- to mid-20s wearing a black hoodie and coat. He was last seen heading west on Lower Illinois Street.

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