Gunfight leaves armed robber, victim injured downtown

CHICAGO — An armed robbery crew crossed paths with a concealed carry holder, resulting in a shootout that left the victim and one of the robbers injured, according to Chicago police.

CPD said it began when a 29-year-old concealed carry license holder crashed his car shortly after 9 p.m. in the 700 block of South Desplaines, just south of the West Loop.

While he was dealing with the crash, a robbery crew rolled up in a black Dodge Charger, and three gunmen got out, police said. The victim pulled out his weapon and engaged the robbers in a gunfight. An officer who responded to the scene said more than 30 rounds were fired during the shootout, which left the victim with gunshot wounds to both legs and one of the robbers shot, too.

The robbers returned to the Charger and headed to the West Side, where the injured robber got out in an alley and called 911, claiming a gunman in a black Infiniti SUV shot him during a botched robbery.

But cops in the area reported hearing a gunshot and seeing a black Charger speeding from the area around the time of the 911 call. Cops suspect the gunshot may have been an attempt to add credibility to the robbery story, according to an officer familiar with the situation.

Police said the suspected robber, 17, was “very uncooperative” with investigators.

Robbery crews have been making some unwise targeting decisions recently.

On October 28, armed robbers fired a gunshot and pistol-whipped a 48-year-old man in the 4300 block of West Cullerton. The victim fought back, stabbing the gunman with a knife and wrestling away the offender’s firearm, according to a Chicago police spokesperson.

The robbers fled in an SUV and later dumped the fatally injured robber in a West Side alley and drove away.

On October 22, a concealed carry holder got into a shootout with a group of armed robbers in Humboldt Park. The crew had been on a three-hour crime spree until they crossed paths with the armed victim.

Police said the 24-year-old concealed carry holder was standing outside a vehicle in the 3300 block of West Beach when he saw two men get out of a silver sedan. When the men pulled out guns and opened a woman’s car door, the concealed carry holder intervened, leading to a gunfight. No injuries were reported.

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