Shots fired as robbery crews hit Bridgeport, South Loop on Friday night

CHICAGO — For the first time in several days, an armed robbery spree brokeout Friday evening. Most of the cases were in the South Loop, but two were in Bridgeport, including one that involving shots fired by the offenders, according to a Chicago police report.

Sprees had been an almost daily occurrence in some parts of the city until cops made some recent arrests and a victim fatally stabbed one of the crew members earlier this week.

Friday’s incidents began in the South Loop, where a woman was robbed of her purse and phone in the 2000 block of South Calumet around 8 p.m. Four men, one of whom had dreadlocks, displayed a gun after jumping out of a silver car to rob her.

Another holdup occurred a few minutes later in the 1900 block of South Wabash. Again, four men, possibly in their teens and each displaying a handgun, exited a silver vehicle to rob a man. They kicked him, took his property, and fled.

Four young men or teens jumped out of a car and robbed and carjacked a woman in the 2200 block of South Michigan around 8:35 p.m. Officers at the scene said the crew took her purse and her Kia.

In Bridgeport, robbers pistol-whipped a man and fired shots into the air near Normal Avenue and 28th Street around 8:19 p.m. The robbers were described as four Black males in their mid-teens who traveled in a blue four-door sedan. One of them wore a blue hoodie.

A woman was robbed a couple of minutes earlier in the 900 block of West 37th Street, according to a separate report. Once again, a group of boys who appeared to be in their mid-teens displayed guns after hopping out of a blue car.

Finally, around 8:45 p.m., a woman reported that a group of men put a gun to her head and tried to take her car in the 2100 block of South China Place. The robbery failed.

Chicago police officers pursued a vehicle that they suspected may have been involved in the three most recent crimes, but the stolen blue 2018 Kia managed to slip away.

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