CHICAGO — A concealed carry holder exchanged gunfire with an armed robbery crew in Edgewater this morning, putting a quick end to the group’s ongoing holdup spree.
Chicago police said the 23-year-old victim was walking in the 5400 block of North Winthrop when two cars, a white sedan and a dark-colored SUV, stopped nearby around 4:22 a.m.
One gunman stepped out of one of the vehicles to demand the victim’s valuables. But the victim, licensed to carry a concealed firearm, pulled out his weapon and engaged the robber in a gunfight, according to a CPD statement.
The victim was not injured, but police did find a blood trail at the scene, which may indicate that the robber was not so lucky. He returned to the SUV and fled with his accomplices. So far, police say, no one is in custody, and CPD doesn’t know if the robber was injured.
Before the shooting, several other robberies were reported in the area, all involving a group of armed men who traveled in an SUV and a sedan.
At 3:40 a.m., two men walked up to a 45-year-old man who was in his car in the 2100 block of West Lunt. They displayed guns and took a phone, wallet, and lunchbox from the victim at gunpoint. CPD said the crew fled in a silver SUV, possibly a Toyota RAV4.
Shortly before 4 a.m., the cars stopped in the 2000 block of West Farwell. According to initial information, a man got out of one of the vehicles, opened a woman’s car door, and snatched her purse from her hands.
Minutes later, another victim walked into the Rogers Park (24th) District police station to report that they were robbed in the 6600 block of North Clark by a group of men who traveled in multiple vehicles.
CPD said a 29-year-old man was robbed at 4:08 a.m. in the 6100 block of North Wolcott. He was sitting in his parked car when two vehicles pulled up. A couple of gunmen stepped out of the cars, took his property, and fled.
Update 6:54 PM — Chicago police have just released more details about the robbery spree. They said the robbers used a Kia SUV and a Kia sedan, both white or silver, during the holdups. Robberies were reported at the following locations and times:
- 2000 Block of West Granville at 3:30 a.m.
- 6600 Block of North Clark at 3:55 a.m.
- 2100 Block of West Lunt at 3:40 a.m.
- 6100 Block of North Wolcott at 4:08 a.m.
- 2000 Block of West Farwell at 4:09 a.m.
- 5900 Block of North Broadway at 4:13 a.m.
- 5400 Block of North Kenmore at 4:15 a.m.
- 1100 Block of West Balmoral at 4:15 A.M
- 5400 Block of North Winthrop at 4:22 A.M
CPD described the suspects as two to four Black men between 18 and 25 years old.