Shots fired, at least 11 robbed as armed holdup crew sweeps across downtown (updated)

CHICAGO — A group of armed robbers fired shots and dragged a 66-year-old woman to the ground in Streeterville overnight. The attack was part of a 45-minute robbery spree that started near the University of Illinois Chicago. At least nine people were robbed.

The robberies all involved a group of men who traveled in a silver or gray sedan that had one black door, according to witnesses.

First, around 12:15 a.m. near the corner of Racine and Harrison, two men wearing hoodies displayed guns and took the phones and other valuables from three men who were walking on the sidewalk, according to police.

A few minutes later, around 12:25 a.m., the group was in Streeterville. Two men targeted a 66-year-old woman as she stood in the 600 block of North Fairbanks, according to Chicago police. One of the men fired shots while the other dragged the woman into the street until she let go of her property, police said.

No one was shot, but the woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of other injuries. CPD said she is in good condition. Police released video of the incident on May 3. Watch:

Within a few minutes, robberies started popping up in the Loop, beginning in the 700 block of South Clark. Two robbers displayed guns and demanded money from a man, police said, but a 46-year-old woman intervened.

The robbers struck her in the head with a firearm and escaped in the silver sedan without getting anything from the victims.

Around 12:30 a.m., robbers targeted two more victims in the 200 block of East Randolph, near Millennium Park. Once again, the men pistol-whipped one of the victims before fleeing in a gray sedan.

Finally, three people were robbed outside the Hyatt Regency, 151 East Wacker Drive, around 12:53 a.m. The group was walking when the two gunmen pulled up in a silver sedan. 

During the robbery, the offenders pistol-whipped a 28-year-old woman, and a 25-year-old man in the group suffered cuts to his knee and hand. Both were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition, police said. The third victim, a 28-year-old man, was not injured.

The exact number of robbers involved in the crimes is not clear. CPD described the robbers as Black males between 15 and 20 years old wearing dark hoodies and black ski masks. Some victims said one of the robbers wore a white hoodie.

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