CHICAGO (WLS) -- A private security guard was shot in the abdomen early Monday morning as looters vandalized parts of downtown.
The shooting happened near Hubbard Street and Clark Street in River North at around 4 a.m.
The 38-year-old security guard works for Boss Bar and came back to the River North area when he heard looters were there, sources told ABC7.
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The victim got into a "physical altercation with a group of unknown offenders on the sidewalk," police said.
Mike McCafrey, who lives near the scene, described the victim as "jovial."
"Always looking out for everybody, I guess he caught one last night- unbelievable," he said.
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The 38-year-old is in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as of Monday afternoon.
Investigators were seen picking up shell casings in the area late Monday morning.
Area Three detectives are investigating the shooting.
During the chaos and gunfire, a bullet flew through the glass of Lyfe Kitchen
"There is a bullet hole through the front door, through the vestibule. Thank god no one was inside," said Gail Taggert at Lyfe Kitchen. "We just reopened a month ago and now we have to shut down again."
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Private security guard shot early Monday morning in River North