River North shooting: Gunfire exchanged during robbery at gas station, Chicago police say

ByEvelyn Holmes and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Gunfire exchanged during robbery at River North gas station: CPD
A River North shooting broke out during a Chicago robbery at gas station in the 700 block of North Wells Street, the police department said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Gunfire broke out during a robbery at a downtown gas station early Saturday morning, Chicago police said.

Police said it happened in the River North neighborhood's 700 block of North Wells Street just before 10:15 a.m.

A 48-year-old man was at a fueling station when a gray sedan parked next to him, police said. Someone got out of that vehicle, got into the man's dark-colored Range Rover and took his property.

Police said the victim then confronted the robber. Witnesses said that's when the unthinkable happened, and the two exchanged gunfire.

"I heard about six, maybe, shots, maybe five, and two cars zooming around the corner, their tires squelching," said Dan Ruiz.

No one was struck by gunfire, police said, but one of the bullets did go through the window of the gas station's convenience store.

Police said the robber hopped back into the sedan, which sped away eastbound down Chicago Avenue.

"It's starting to take form everywhere in the city, so now, someone has to stand up and say, 'OK, we've had enough,'" said James Fitch.

Area Three detectives are investigating. Police did not immediately provide further information.

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