Shotgun-wielding robber shot 2 people during Rogers Park hold-up spree Saturday morning, police say

A man armed with a double-barreled shotgun committed three robberies within 15 minutes in Rogers Park on Saturday morning, and he shot two of his victims, according to Chicago police.

CWBChicago first reported that police were looking at a connection between the shooting of a man and woman in the 2100 block of West Birchwood Avenue and the armed robbery of a man just a couple of blocks away. Now, CPD has confirmed those links and revealed that a third robbery also took place during the spree.

It all began around 4:45 a.m. when the man displayed the shotgun and robbed a victim in the 7500 block of North Ridge Boulevard, police said.

About five minutes later, he robbed a man in the 2200 block of West Howard Street, and minutes later, that victim heard a gunshot nearby, according to a CPD report.

The shot may have been from Birchwood, where a man and woman were shot while sitting inside a Jeep. Police on Monday confirmed that the shooting was part of the robbery spree.

The 24-year-old female passenger suffered gunshot wounds to her face and hand and was listed in critical condition. The man, age 30, received a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He was in good condition.

CPD said the offender is a Black male between 20- and 35-years-old who stands 5’6″ to 5’9″ tall and weighs 150 to 180 pounds. He had a short black beard and wore a black shirt and black pants.

If you have information about the man or the crimes, you can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263. Refer to crime pattern #P22-3-060

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