Man shot in West Loop told police he thought gunman was trying to rob him

CHICAGO — A man who was shot in the West Loop overnight told police that he believed he was being targeted in a robbery or carjacking when one of the offenders opened fire on him.

The victim, 49, told police he was in his car near Washington and Elizabeth when a gunman confronted him around 2:40 a.m. Friday, a Chicago police report said.

The offender fired a shot, and the victim sped away, believing he was being robbed. He crashed in the 1400 block of West Madison moments later.

Passersby reported a traffic crash to 911, and officers found the man inside his car with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in fair condition, police said.

The shooting victim’s car is seen surrounded by Chicago police resources in the 1400 block of West Madison. | Ring

On Monday evening, armed robbers shot a man during a carjacking attempt in Bucktown. The victim was sitting in his truck in the 2000 block of North Hoyne when two hijackers walked up around 8:35 p.m. They demanded control of the truck, and one of them shot the victim when he refused to cooperate, police said. The men fled in a silver SUV.

Earlier Friday, armed robberies were reported in Wicker Park and Logan Square.

Around 12:10 a.m., three armed men robbed a man in the 1600 block of West Le Moyne, then fled in a white SUV.

About ten minutes later, three masked men robbed a woman at gunpoint near Fullerton and Campbell in Logan Square. She said the robbers took cash and a bag and fled in a white four-door SUV.

A witness to the robbery on Le Moyne said they thought at least one of the robbers was a White male. In Logan Square, an officer at the scene said the robbers may have been Black males or White males wearing face paint.

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