Police are investigating after a gunman confronted a man as he walked his dog in Lakeview on Friday evening. The offender then jumped into a car that was seen driving recklessly and stopping as its occupants tried to steal other vehicles throughout the neighborhood and nearby Lincoln Park.
The first sign of trouble was near Wellington and Sheridan around 6:45 p.m. A passerby reported seeing two or three teenage boys checking car doors there, one wearing a ski mask. They were accompanied by a beat up Honda Civic with dark window tints, a witness reported.
About five minutes later, a 25-year-old man was walking his dog on the 300 block of West Briar when a heavily damaged silver car pulled up. A male exited from the rear passenger side and pointed a gun at the victim, according to Officer Jessica Rocco, a CPD spokesperson.
The man picked up his dog and ran into a nearby residential building to get help.
Responding officers reported the car was occupied by five young Black males wearing ski masks and surgical masks. The one who got out of the vehicle with a gun appeared to be only 13- or 14-years-old, they said.
The police received a series of calls within the next hour about a car filled with young men who were driving recklessly and trying to steal idling cars. No arrests were made.