Jewelry store employee shoots robber during holdup attempt in the Loop: Chicago police

Chicago police officers stand outside a jewelry store in the first block of North Wabash after a store employee shot a would-be robber, according to CPD. (Citizen App)

CHICAGO — A jewelry store employee shot a would-be robber during a holdup attempt in the Loop on Saturday morning, Chicago police said, sending the offender running out the door with no proceeds but two gunshot wounds.

The alleged robber, 27, entered a store in the first block of North Wabash shortly before 11 a.m. and tried to break into a jewelry case, according to information from Chicago police and a source familiar with the initial investigation. But a licensed concealed carry gun owner inside the store wasn’t having it.

They pulled out their firearm and shot at the bumbling bandit, striking him in the buttocks and abdomen. CPD referred to the shooter only as “a person” inside a “commercial business,” but a source said he works at the jewelry store.

The wounded bandit bolted outside and charged up the stairs to the Washington-Wabash L station, where he fell into a train car. Cops found him there and summoned an ambulance. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. CPD said his condition has been stabilized.

Police took the shooter to Area Three headquarters for a debriefing.

The suspected robber is the third person shot in the Loop this year. The other victims were shot across the street from Saturday’s incident on January 26. Robert Boston, 16, and Monterio Williams, 17, were leaving Innovations High School when at least two gunmen opened fire on them at 16 North Wabash. No arrests have been made.

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