Robber may have accidentally shot himself in Lincoln Park, police say

Chicago police are investigating reports that a robber took a victim’s gun and then unintentionally shot himself with it in Lincoln Park on Tuesday evening. Police did not find anyone shot in the immediate area, but they did find a shell casing and blood at the robbery scene.

It happened at the BP station, 1607 West Fullerton, around 8:23 p.m.

The 21-year-old victim was at the station when the robber saw that he had a gun in his waistband, according to a CPD statement. Police said the robber reached for the victim’s gun, which apparently discharged as the robber took it. The victim told police he believed the robber shot himself, a claim that might be supported by the presence of blood and a shell casing.

Committed to completing his mission, the robber carried on with the hold-up by demanding the victim’s phone before leaving the scene in a car.

Officers said the robber is a Black male with tattoos on his chest who weighs more than 200 pounds and has short twists in his hair.

Area Three detectives are investigating the incident.

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