Bucktown restaurant owner is shot by carjackers on Wednesday afternoon: source

Update 6:15 p.m. — The victim, John Ross, is an owner of The Bristol, 2152 North Damen. CWBChicago previously withheld Ross’ name because he is a crime victim, however other representatives from the restaurant are now identifying him publicly.


Update 9:45 a.m. December 23 — Chicago police just issued a community alert that links the shooting with the robbery on Wolcott.

The alert described two offenders from the Wolcott incident:

  • a Black male who’s about 12- or 13-years-old, 5’3″ or 5’4″ tall
  • a Black male who’s about 15- or 16-years-old, 5’6 to 5’7″ tall

According to the alert, the two hijacking suspects are:

  • a Black male in his 20’s who stands 5’10” to 6’1″ tall and weighs 140 to 160 pounds with a thin build
  • a Black male who’s 13- to 16-years-old, 5’6″ tall, and 110 to 120 pounds.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Five detectives at 312-746-7394


A Bucktown restaurant owner was shot by two carjackers who confronted him as he walked to his car shortly after noon Wednesday, according to a source. The crime unfolded one block from where another man was beaten by a group of carjackers on Saturday night. That incident was captured on video.

A source said the 49-year-old restaurant owner was walking from the back door of his business to his car which was parked on the 2000 block of West Shakespeare when two offenders dressed in dark clothing approached him with a gun around 12:10 p.m.

Chicago police officers at the scene of Wednesday’s shooting and carjacking, which unfolded near the mouth of the alley behind Damen Avenue at Shakespeare Avenue. | Provided

The robbers tried to carjack the man, but he reportedly resisted them physically and one of the suspects shot him in the leg, the source said. Both offenders then ran to a small SUV that was waiting nearby and fled the scene.

The victim was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

Officers at the scene said the suspects are two Black males in their early- to mid-teens.

Police are also investigating an armed robbery that involved two similarly-described suspects that unfolded on the 1800 block of North Wolcott minutes before the hijacking attempt.

In that case, the offenders displayed a handgun. went through a woman’s pockets, and took her valuables before fleeing in an SUV.

Someone standing at the scene of Wednesday’s shooting could look one block south through the alley and see the spot where a group of hijackers attacked and carjacked a 22-year-old man on Saturday night. The weekend carjacking unfolded on the 2000 block of West Charleston just before 11 p.m. It was captured partially on video:

CPD Officer Ana Pacheco said the victim was talking on his phone in his car when the hijackers approached. One of them tapped on his window, pointed a gun at him, and ordered him out of his 2020 Mercedes GLB. After he complied, the group pistol-whipped him, pushed him to the ground, and kicked him repeatedly, according to Pacheco and a CPD report.

The group piled into the victim’s SUV, backed up, then drove away.

Chicago police found the car abandoned in a West Side alley a short time later.

Pacheco said the victim suffered bruising to his body, but he declined medical attention.

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