CHICAGO — Two robbery victims were shot Wednesday morning when one of them, a concealed carry holder, exchanged gunfire with the offenders, according to Chicago police. The victims are the fourth and fifth people to get shot during robberies in the city since Saturday afternoon.
This morning’s shooting was part of a string of holdups reported during the overnight hours, many of which appeared to be committed by the same group of men.
At about 4:40 a.m., a 65-year-old man and 40-year-old woman were inside a car in the first block of North Kostner when a silver SUV pulled near them, according to a CPD media statement.
Four gunmen emerged from the SUV and tried to take control of the victims’ car. But the male victim, who has a concealed carry license, decided to draw his firearm and shoot toward the robbers, police said.
None of the offenders were injured. Both victims were injured, though, when the crew returned fire. CPD said the woman was shot in the chest, and the man suffered a graze wound to his right calf. They were in good condition at West Suburban Hospital, according to police.
The robbers fled the scene in the silver SUV they brought to the scene.
Several other robberies were reported before the shooting, starting around 3:15 a.m. in the 2100 block of South Damen. Police said a man was at an ATM drive-through when four gunmen confronted him with handguns and demanded his property. One robber pistol-whipped the victim before the group fled in a silver sedan.
Another robbery occurred in the 1200 block of North Kostner shortly before 4 a.m. Four men displayed guns, took the victim’s suitcase, and fled in a vehicle, according to a police report.
That was followed at 4 a.m. by another robbery in the 2200 block of North Springfield. CPD said a man was walking when three men displayed guns, pistol-whipped him, and took his valuables. They also escaped in a silver sedan.
At 4:24 a.m., four men, each armed with a handgun, confronted another man in the 3500 block of West Dickens. One offender pistol-whipped the victim, police said, and the crew fled in a silver sedan after taking his wallet.
Around the same time, three gunmen robbed another man in the 5800 block of West Fulton.
Police did not release descriptions of any of the robbery suspects.
More violent robberies
Chicago police are still investigating three other recent robberies that ended with either victims or robbers being shot.
At 7:08 a.m. Tuesday, two men were standing near a van in the 2200 block of South Hamlin when four men armed with rifles or long guns pulled up in a white SUV. The gunmen got out and demanded the victims’ property. After taking valuables from one man, one of the robbers started shooting toward the victims, police said.
Bullets struck one of the victims throughout his body. CPD said the 37-year-old was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition.
Three other armed robberies were reported in the minutes leading up to the shooting. In each case, men armed with large firearms confronted victims on the street. Between 6:40 a.m. and 7 a.m., robberies were reported in the 1500 block of North Kildare, the 1500 block of North Tripp, and near the intersection of Cortland and Keystone.
On Christmas morning, armed robbers shot a 29-year-old man during a robbery in the 4300 block of West Armitage, Chicago police said. A ShotSpotter gunfire detector first alerted cops to the robbery, which occurred around 7:20 a.m.
On Saturday afternoon, a 68-year-old concealed carry license holder shot and killed a 19-year-old man in the 1700 block of West Cortez. The older man told police that the dead man was among four people who tried to rob him, according to officers at the scene.
CPD never told the public about the robbery aspect of the shooting; however, the department did not include the 19-year-old in its tally of holiday weekend murder victims.