Hours-long crosstown robbery spree ends with victim shot Friday night, Chicago police say

Chicago police say a group of armed robbers went on a crime spree that ended shortly after they shot a liquor store employee during a holdup. CPD issued a community alert about the group overnight.

They said three men traveling in a black Nissan Altima with Illinois plate BM86024 displayed guns to take phones, cash, purses, wallets, and other valuables from victims. The men battered two victims before shooting another, according to the alert.

The robbers started the spree in the 1800 block of North Lorel in Austin at 4 p.m. and then moved to the 1700 block of West Beach in Wicker Park about an hour later.

They robbed two people outside a liquor store in the 3200 block of North Cicero in Portage Park at 5:56 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., they struck again in the 1800 block of North Keeler in Hermosa.

Five minutes later, they robbed a man outside Bank of America, 4671 West Irving Park Road. At 7:02 p.m., another robbery occurred in the 4200 block of West Kamerling in Humboldt Park.

After taking a break, they went back to work.

Police said the crew robbed a victim at 9:47 p.m. in the 6100 block of West Diversey in Belmont Cragin.

Then, they returned to Wicker Park to rob a victim in the 1300 block of North Wicker Park Avenue at 10 p.m.

Police said the group shot a 46-year-old man around 10:24 p.m. He was working at Super Saving Food & Liquor, 4424 West Belmont, when two masked men walked in and shot him during a robbery attempt, police said. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in fair condition with a gunshot wound to his shoulder.

CPD’s community alert said the men committed yet another robbery about six minutes later in the 5600 block of West Diversey.

The alert described the suspects as three Black men between 18 and 25 years old wearing dark clothing and black ski masks. They are 5’11” to 6 feet tall and 180 to 190 pounds.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Five detectives at 312-746-7394.

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