Men shoot, rob victim who went to Uptown to buy a car, Chicago police say

Crime scene tape marks the area where a man was shot during a robbery attempt in the 4400 block of North Malden. | Citizen App

CHICAGO — A 24-year-old man who went to Uptown to buy a car from a social media marketplace wound up getting shot when the transaction turned into a robbery Saturday afternoon, Chicago police said.

The man went to the 4400 block of North Malden to buy an advertised car around 3 p.m. When he arrived, two men pulled a gun and ordered him to turn over his cash, according to the police. One of the men shot the victim in the chest as he tried to run away.

An officer said another round flew through a nearby apartment window and struck the resident’s television. No injuries were reported inside the home.

EMS took the victim to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Police said he was in good condition.

The offenders searched the victim’s car for valuables before running away.

He is the fifth person shot in Uptown this year, down from eight victims at this point last year. There were five shooting victims as of June 10, 2021, and seven in 2020.

On May 23, a 22-year-old man was shot in the leg and shoulder as he walked down the 4500 block of North Magnolia. An officer who reviewed surveillance footage said the gunman fired from a white SUV and fell out of the moving vehicle as he was shooting, but no arrests have been announced.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in a drive-by in the 1000 block of West Lawrence on March 1. Someone inside the SUV called the victim by name, then began shooting, according to CPD.

On January 19, a 33-year-old man was shot at a bus stop in the 5100 block of North Broadway. Police said another man walked up to the victim and shot him in the leg, but they did not provide a motive for the crime.

A group of car thieves shot a man who confronted them as they broke into a car in the 1200 block of West Montrose on January 4, Chicago police said. The 42-year-old victim was riding a bike when he saw a man breaking into a car and confronted him about it, according to CPD. The offender pulled out a weapon and shot the victim in the elbow.

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