Man shot and killed in Noble Square as robbery spree unfolded Sunday morning

CHICAGO — A man was shot and killed in Noble Square on Sunday morning. Now, Chicago police are trying to determine if the man’s murder is linked to a robbery spree that was unfolding in the neighborhood when he was killed.

In a CPD media statement, police said a 44-year-old man was outside in the 1000 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when a man approached him and began shooting around 7:11 a.m. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the victim as Jermaine Sykes of the 800 block of North Hudson.

Sykes was shot throughout his body and later died at Stroger Hospital, officials said.

CWBChicago has learned that witnesses reported two men got out of a small black four-door vehicle and approached Sykes before he was shot. Another witness said they saw the men in the black car try to break into another vehicle on the block before the shooting.

The getaway car was a sedan with a broken rear side window covered by a blue or purple cloth.

Broken rear side windows are commonly seen on stolen cars, particularly Kias and Hyundais. Thieves enter through the broken window and use a USB plug to operate the car.

Chicago police did not provide a motive for the murder on Milwaukee Avenue. However, there are suspicions among investigators that the offenders are also responsible for a series of robberies and robbery attempts in the area.

At about 6:15 a.m., a man reported that two masked men jumped out of a black car to rob him at gunpoint in the 1000 block of West Randolph.

About an hour later, two masked men exited a black vehicle with Georgia license plates to commit another robbery in the 1900 block of West Hubbard.

The car had a broken rear side window with a cloth covering the hole.

Around the same time, a witness reported that two men jumped out of a black vehicle to rob a man who was walking a dog near Smith Park, 2526 West Grand. The witness said the victim ran away. No police report was immediately filed.

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