Shots fired during robbery near Boystown; senior citizen badly beaten in another robbery on Halsted Street

A gunman opened fire on a robbery victim who ran from him near Boystown on Monday morning, police said. No injuries were reported.

Less than an hour later, around 7:30, a 68-year-old man was beaten and seriously injured during a robbery on Halsted Street in the heart of the city’s iconic LGBTQ neighborhood. That victim was hospitalized.

Here’s what we’ve learned:

Around 6:40 Monday morning, an armed robber confronted a 59-year-old man who was walking in the 600 block of West Grace, Officer Steve Rusanov said. The offender demanded the man’s property, but the victim had another idea: he started running away.

As the victim crossed the street, the gunman shot at least one round in his direction. It missed. Witnesses and the victim called for help, and police found a spent shell casing at the scene, confirming that the gunman fired at least one shot.

The suspect was described as a thin Black male in his 20’s who wore a black coat, jeans, and a mask. He reportedly fled south through an alley behind Pine Grove Avenue.

The second man was on the sidewalk at the corner of Halsted and Aldine when a stranger attacked him. Rusanov, a CPD spokesperson, said the offender punched the senior citizen in the face, which knocked him to the ground.

After taking valuables from the victim, the offender fled west on Aldine, Rusanov said.

EMS took the victim to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition.

The offender is described as a White male in his early- to mid-30s who wore a black jacket, jeans, and a gray winter cap. He stands 6-feet tall and weighs about 180 pounds.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

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