Carjacker shot, killed in South Loop

Updated 4/26/2019 6:29 PM

A concealed carry permit holder fought back against a carjacker and shot and killed him early Friday morning in the South Loop, police said.

The shooting happened at around 3:15 a.m. Ida B. Wells Drive after a man in a Volkswagen rear-ended a BMW.


According to police, the driver of the BMW got out to inspect the damage and, when he went back to get his cellphone, the Volkswagen driver approached with a handgun, demanded his keys and pushed him into the vehicle.

Both men were inside the vehicle when police said the 41-year-old BMW driver retrieved his handgun and shot the 22-year-old man in the head.

The 22-year-old was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead; authorities have not released his identity.

Police spent the morning examining the cars and reviewing surveillance video from the area. Ida B. Wells Drive was closed between LaSalle and Dearborn streets for the investigation.

Police said they have been interviewing the victim in this case and believe the shooting was in self-defense. The state's attorney's office will determine if any charges will be filed.

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