Man shot during possible robbery attempt in West Loop, suspect escapes on Divvy bike

First responders at the shooting scene at Fulton and Desplaines streets on October 22, 2023. | Citizen

CHICAGO — Police are investigating after a man was shot during a possible robbery in the West Loop on Sunday morning.

The victim, who will turn 23 tomorrow, was walking to his car when a man rode up to him on a Divvy bike at 617 West Fulton around 6:42 a.m., according to initial information.

After bringing the Divvy bike to a stop, the offender pulled out a gun and fired a shot, hitting the victim in the head. The victim, who remained conscious and responsive, told police that he believed the man on the bike was trying to rob him, according to an officer who responded to the scene.

CPD surveillance camera operators tracked the offender’s movements after the shooting. They determined he rode the bike to a homeless encampment near Fulton and Clinton streets. He entered a tent, returned to the Divvy bike, and headed east, officers said.

A witness described him as Black, in his 20s, and wearing a gray jacket or sweatshirt.

The victim’s condition was not immediately known.

“Since I took office, my team and I have been in close communication with police leadership about safety around the nearby viaducts,” Ald. Bill Conway wrote in an email to his constituents Sunday. “The increase in crime is unacceptable, and I’ll keep pushing for more resources from CPD & the Mayor’s office. Significantly more to come on this.”

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