Gunmen fired shots at motorist during possible robbery in Uptown, two more robberies reported nearby

CHICAGO — A gunman fired shots at a man as he parked his car at a North Side park early Tuesday, possibly during a robbery attempt, according to Chicago police and a source. At least two other robberies were reported on the city’s North Side within hours.

In Uptown, a 50-year-old man was parking his car at Margate Park in the 4900 block of North Marine Drive around 12:15 a.m. when four men started tapping on his driver’s window, a CPD spokesperson said.

Fearing that he was about to be robbed or carjacked, the man drove away. He told police he heard gunshots as he fled, and police found three bullet holes in his car. The police spokesperson said he was not injured.

An officer at the scene said the suspects were four Black males wearing masks and hoodies.

The incident occurred in the 48th Ward, where Ald. Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth recently announced that she would not share information about incidents like this with her constituents unless they “opt-in” to a special mailing list.

Two successful robberies were reported minutes apart on the North Side, too.

Three armed men confronted a 62-year-old in the 900 block of West Sunnyside at 2:12 a.m., according to police. The crew displayed guns and demanded his property. After he complied, they pushed him to the ground and ran east on Sunnyside, according to the police spokesperson.

The victim was treated at the scene for minor cuts to his knees and elbows.

About six minutes later, a 41-year-old man was robbed in the 1300 block of West Winona. He told police he was walking when three men walked up, and two displayed guns, a CPD spokesperson said. The unarmed robber took the victim’s property, and the crew fled in a white SUV.

The suspects in both robberies were described as Black males wearing black clothing and masks.

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