Man shot, stuffed in trunk during carjacking

January 3, 2012 10:26:52 AM PST
A 24-year-old man was in the hospital fighting for his life Tuesday after a violent carjacking in the Little Village neighborhood.

The man was shot and stuffed into the trunk of his own car Monday night, but he managed to escape. He was listed in critical condition Tuesday morning while police searched for his attackers.

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 2400-block of South Pulaski Road. Police say the victim was shot multiple times when at least four men wearing ski masks allegedly stole his vehicle, dumped him into the trunk, then sped off.

The attackers reportedly drove through several neighborhoods with the victim still inside the trunk, but police say, without his attackers' knowledge, the victim somehow managed to escape the trunk near Pulaski and Arthington.

Police found the man in the street, and he was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital. Officers later found the man's stolen car in a garage in the 4100-block of West Harrison.

The car had been set on fire.

"That's a tragedy, and I don't understand how people can do that. Well, I do understand nowadays people are hurting for money, but to hurt somebody, that's not right," area resident Sarah Leal said.

The violence also has other residents concerned about their safety. Pablo Barrera sells coffee near the corner where the carjacking happened.

"As everybody knows, this is a gang-related area. It's already dangerous, and to hear about this, it gets you more worried," he said.

"I walk here every day, and I'm scared about it," Elena Resendis told ABC7 Chicago.

Police have not said if the victim knew his attackers. No motive had been released in the case Tuesday.