Armed robbers shoot man during Christmas morning hold-up attempt in Hermosa: Chicago police

CHICAGO — A man was shot during a robbery attempt in the Hermosa neighborhood on Christmas morning, Chicago police said. That robbers would prowl the neighborhood’s streets on Christmas morning is not surprising, as the local police district is experiencing a 122% increase in robberies this year.

A ShotSpotter gunfire detector first alerted cops to the robbery, which occurred in the 4300 block of West Armitage around 7:20 a.m.

Police said a 29-year-old man was outside when two gunmen exited a gray sedan and demanded his property. One of the robbers then fired shots, striking the victim in the left thigh. EMS took him to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

The robbers fled the scene without getting anything from the man, according to CPD. Police did not release suspect descriptions.

Witnesses said the gunmen crawled out of the broken side window of a gray Hyundai. Two other people remained in the vehicle as the robbery attempt unfolded. All were wearing masks.

Broken side windows are commonly seen on stolen cars, especially Hyundais and Kias. The car thieves break the windows and crawl inside, then steal the vehicles using a USB plug as the ignition key.

CPD’s Grand Central (25th) District recorded 845 robberies this year as of last Monday, up from 381 at the same time in 2022.

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