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Man Shot By Robber In Wicker Park Blocks From Fatal Carjacking Scene

By  Kelly Bauer and Alisa Hauser | August 11, 2017 7:58am | Updated on August 11, 2017 12:22pm

 The shooting happened at 1213 N. Ashland Ave., police said.
1200 block of North Ashland Avenue
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CHICAGO — A man was shot during a robbery on the border of Wicker Park and Noble Square on Thursday night, just two blocks from where another man was killed during a carjacking earlier in the day.

At 9 p.m., a 34-year-old man was standing at 1213 N. Ashland Ave. by the CTA Division Blue Line "L" stop when two men walked up to him, police and a law enforcement source said. One of the men had a gun and they said they were robbing the man.

The man complied with the robbers and handed over his cash and cellphone. One of the thieves shot the man and they ran away, police said.

The man was shot in his left hand. He was taken to St. Mary Hospital in good condition, police said.

No one was in custody.

The shooting happened on the south side of Ashland Avenue, on a concrete island designated as the Polish Triangle.

Earlier in the day Thursday, at 2:05 a.m., 28-year-old Jesus De La O was shot dead during an attempted carjacking in the 1200 block of North Greenview Avenue, officials said. 

De La O had been dropping off a friend on the block when a man tried to steal De La O's car, police said. De La O refused to hand over his car and the thief fired shots, fatally shooting De La O in his chest.

The Thursday morning slaying occurred in the Shakespeare police district which has seen a 190 percent increase in carjackings this year.

On Friday morning, one Bucktown resident said the violence in the neighborhood is concerning. 

"I've been in the city 10 years now and feel like this is the worst. It's not just the murders, it's carjackings, robbers, organized groups coming here. No one seems to care or is doing anything, " said the 32-year-old dad, who was pushing his baby in a stroller down the 1200 block of North Ashland Avenue.  

John Campbell, a 25-year-old Wicker Park resident who lives right off Ashland Avenue, said the shooting was "surprising." 

"This block is always busy, it's Ashland so you feel safe walking on it," he said. 

Maria Esparza, a Noble Square resident who was crossing the Polish Triangle on her way to work Thursday morning, said more security is needed at CTA train stations. 

"It's sad because nobody deserves to be shot while minding your business, doing your stuff and somebody decides to rob you and hurt you and take your things. It's not right. You want to walk in the street and feel safe," Esparza said.

In March 2016, 19-year-old Cesar Perez was fatally shot near the CTA Division Blue Line "L" stop. A memorial for Perez is still in place at the Polish Triangle.