South Loop murder victim’s Mercedes was taken, pointing to carjacking as a possible motive: source

Chicago police have determined that a Mercedes SUV belonging to a 44-year-old man who was found dead on a South Loop street early Sunday is missing, according to a CPD source.

Cops responded to 24th Street and Michigan Avenue at 5:05 a.m. Sunday after a passerby found the man lying in the street just west of Michigan.

Police at the scene said the man, who reportedly lives in the area, was found in the street as if he were about to enter a car. He was lying amidst broken auto glass, but no vehicle was next to him. He suffered two gunshot wounds to his back and was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers found shell casings near his body.

Now, investigators have confirmed that someone took the man’s white 2015 Mercedes GLA, and he may have been killed in a carjacking, the source said. But the case remains under investigation.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office had not released the victim’s name by Sunday evening.

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