Concealed carry holder shoots two men during possible auto theft in the Loop

Chicago — A concealed carry holder shot two men during an exchange of gunfire in the heart of Chicago’s Loop early Saturday morning. It’s at least the third time in about a week that armed citizens have shot suspected offenders during the commission of crimes.

The victim was walking to his car from the Cambria Hotel, 32 West Randolph, when someone fired shots at him from a red SUV, according to Chicago police. He returned fire, and the SUV sped away. Meanwhile, another offender who was inside the victim’s parked car got out and ran from the scene. Officers said the offenders left a tool and a phone near the victim’s car.

A Chicago police squad car blocks Randolph Street near the shooting scene. | Citizen App

Moments later, a red Jeep arrived at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at about 4:20 a.m., and a 26-year-old man walked into the emergency room for treatment of a gunshot wound to his knee, according to an officer at the scene.

Officers said the Jeep, which had damage from bullet holes, was abandoned at the hospital emergency bay. Two ammunition magazines were found lying on the ground about 20 feet from the Jeep.

At about the same time, a 24-year-old man walked into Lurie Children’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to his right buttock, officers said. He was transferred to Northwestern.

Both of the injured men are in police custody while undergoing treatment.

On Monday, a concealed carry hold shot three people who tried to rob him as he sat in his vehicle, authorities said. Prosecutors have charged an adult and two juveniles with that crime. The driver of the crew’s getaway car remains hospitalized in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his head, according to prosecutors.

Last Friday, December 2, a Rogers Park business owner shot an intruder who broke through his office’s back door while he was working late. Charges have been filed against the alleged burglar.

Editor’s note: CPD’s preliminary media statement said both men who were shot in the Loop are 22-years-old. However, their ages are 26 and 24 according to records reviewed by CWBChicago.

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