Police Search for Suspects in Dangerous Crime Spree

Authorities are searching for two men in connection with a dangerous crime spree beginning in Chicago and ending in a fatal shooting in the southwest suburbs.

Officers responded to an armed robbery in the 5300 block of S Harlem Ave in Summit Wednesday morning, according to a release from the Summit Police Department. While on the scene, officers received a second call to a Shell Station at 63rd and Harlem Ave, police said. 

Both stores were robbed at gunpoint by two men, according to police. In the second robbery, one of the suspects fatally shot an employee, police said.

The victim was later identified as 34-year-old Ghassan Abuujeries of the 9400 block of McVicker Ave in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to police, the suspects left the scene in a silver Pontiac Grand Prix with Illinois license plate number L925050, believed to have been stolen in a shooting and carjacking at a gas station in the 8900 block of S. South Chicago Ave in Chicago early Wednesday morning. A 27-year-old man was shot in the leg as he pumped gas, police said. 

"The same two subjects are then involved in a hit-and-run traffic crash at about 7:50 this morning in the 5700 block of S Lake Shore Drive," CPD's First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said at a news conference. 

The first suspect is described as a thin white or Hispanic man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, red t-shirt, and black baseball hat. The second is a black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. 

Both are considered armed and dangerous, and anyone with information on the suspects or car is asked to call the Summit Police Department at 708-563-4832.

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