Three armed robberies, one of which left a man shot, were reported within blocks of each other all in under an hour early Thursday in Chicago's River North neighborhood, authorities said.
The first incident happened around 1:45 a.m. as three men were walking on a sidewalk in the 300 block of West Ontario, police said. Three other men armed with handguns got out of a black SUV and took the victims' phones and wallets before fleeing the scene.
Fifteen minutes later and about three blocks away, two more men were robbed while walking on the sidewalk. Police said the men were in the in the 600 block of North LaSalle when four men, one of them armed, got out of a grey SUV and "announced a robbery." The group stole one of the men's iPhone, authorities said.
At 2:18 a.m., in the 200 block of West Erie, roughly two blocks away from the previous robbery, two men and a woman were robbed while sitting in a parked vehicle.
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Police said two men and a woman got out of a black SUV and announced a robbery.
A 31-year-old man was shot during a struggle with one of the robbers, while a 31-year-old woman in the passenger seat was robbed of her two purses and a 32-year-old man robbed of his wallet and iPhone.
After the robbery, the two victims drove the man who was shot to Rush Hospital, where he was last listed in fair condition with a gunshot wound to the back.
No other injuries were reported in the robberies and police said an investigation is ongoing.
The robberies come after the Chicago Police Department reportedly increased nightly patrols in River North last weekend following a spike in violent crime. The Chicago Sun-Times reported the "permanent presence" would add additional foot patrols to the downtown neighborhood.