Two armed robbers shot a 60-year-old man who yelled at them as they robbed a woman in Edgewater on Thursday evening, police said. The shooting unfolded three weeks after a North Side alderman encouraged her constituents to intervene in robberies while blowing whistles.
The robbery victim, 34, told police that two young males grabbed her from behind, and one held her while the other took her purse just after 10 p.m. on the 5900 block of North Glenwood, according to a CPD report.
A man who saw the robbery unfolding yelled at the perpetrators, and one of them fired a shot, striking him in the left leg, police said. The shooting victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital in fair condition, but the woman was not injured.
According to witnesses, the suspects, two Black males who appeared 15- or 16-years-old, headed east after the robbery and shooting.
Last month, Lincoln Park Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) encouraged residents of her ward to carry whistles that they could use to disrupt street robberies.
“The WhistleStop program follows these rules,” Smith wrote in her December 22 email. “If you find yourself in a suspicious situation or witness a crime, blow your whistle. If you hear a whistle, call the police, then move toward the source while blowing your own whistle.”
“It allows people to come to the victim’s aid, forces the offender to flee, and helps the police pinpoint the location of the crime,” Smith claimed.