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Man Shot By Thief Near Polish Triangle Despite Giving Up Cash, Cellphone

By Stephen Gossett in News on Aug 11, 2017 2:30PM

Polish Triangle / Google Maps

A man was shot by a thief near the busy Polish Triangle and Division Blue Line station on Thursday night despite having handed over his personal belongings, according to police.

Two men—one of whom had a gun—came up to a 34-year-old man at about 9 p.m. in the 1200 block of North Ashland Avenue, in Wicker Park, and demanded that the victim turn over his belongings, police said. The victim handed over cash and his cellphone, but the armed thief still shot the man in the left hand before fleeing.

The victim was taken to St. Mary's Hospital and listed in good condition. No one was in custody as of Friday morning.

As DNAinfo notes, the shooting happened just two block from where a man was shot to death early Thursday morning during a carjacking after he "refused" to give his car up, according to police. The shooting was one of at least five in the city between Thursday and Friday, according to the Tribune.