18-Year-Old Shot While Attempting Midnight Break-In of Business

An 18-year-old attempting a break-in of a business in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood around midnight on Sunday night was shot and wounded. FOX 32, in its report on the incident, noted that the business is located “in the 2600 block of West Lawrence Avenue.”

Fox 32 went on to note that investigators were able to determine that a 40-year-old man was inside the business and heard the noises from the break-in attempt near the back door, so he shot the alleged burglar as he attempted to enter the business. WGN9 reports that the shot the man inside the business fired hit the alleged attempted burglar in the leg.

The 18-year-old alleged burglar was put in police custody and then transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Fox 32 reports, where he is listed as being in fair condition. The area detectives are still investigating and no charges have yet been filed.

This is far from the first attempted robbery or shooting in Chicago, called “Chiraq” by many due to the high level of violent crime in it. Reporting on a recent incident, we noted that a manager at a Chicago-area AutoZone shot and killed a man who barged into the store with a firearm and attempted to rob the store. Reporting on that in The American Tribune, we said:

A store manager for an O’Reilly Auto Parts store in Calumet Heights, a neighborhood in Chicago,  shot and killed an armed, alleged robber on Saturday afternoon.

According to Fox News Digital, the alleged armed robber was described as “a man between 30 and 40 years old.” He entered the O’Reilly Auto Parts store, brandished a handgun, and demanded money. That’s when the store manager pulled a firearm of his own and fired, hitting the alleged armed robber.

CBS Chicago noted that the store manager has a FOID card (Firearm Owners Identification) card, so he was carrying legally.

That alleged armed robber was transferred to the hospital, University of Chicago Medical Center, after police and emergency services personnel arrived, though he was already in critical condition when transported to the hospital and died in the hospital. He was declared dead by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Crime in Chicago is, according to the city’s data, on something of a downtrend but still high. Given that homicides are one of the most-solved and reported crimes, they’re a reasonable proxy for overall crime levels. WTTW, reporting on Chicago’s 2022 homicide levels, reported:

Chicago in 2022 will record its fewest homicides since before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the city’s total for the year will still rank among its highest since the 1990s.

According to data from the Chicago Police Department, there were 695 homicides in Chicago from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. That total marks a double-digit percentage decline over each of the last two years, but would still sit as the fourth most homicides in the city since 1999.

The only years with more homicides over that span were 2021, 2020 and 2016, according to CPD data.

“Over the course of this year, the Chicago Police Department has made great strides in our communities by talking and working with residents to grow trust, build relationships, and enhance public safety,” Police Superintendent David Brown said in a statement. “The consistent patterns of reductions in gun violence shows that we’re making a difference but it also serves as a reminder that we can’t let up.”

So, homicides and crime generally are down somewhat, but still elevated, a situation unlikely to improve given the soft-on-crime leftist Chicagoans just elected.

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