Would-be robber with pellet gun shot by intended target

A man is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds after he tried to rob a Chicago resident early Sunday morning, only to find out the would-be victim was carrying a legally owned handgun.

Neither the names of the victim or the suspect have been released, but the suspect was described as a 20-year-old male and the victim as a 23-year-old male.

The incident unfolded around 1:20 a.m. in the Oakland neighborhood of the city’s South Side, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The victim was walking to his home when he was approached by the suspect, who displayed what appeared to be a handgun and announced a robbery. But the victim, the robber would soon find out, was not such an easy target.

The victim pulled out a handgun and fired at the suspect, striking him in the abdomen and both legs. The suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he was last listed in stable condition.

The suspect’s weapon turned out to be a pellet gun, police later learned. The incident remains under investigation, but there are no reports of any charges being filed at this time.

In similar but seemingly unrelated cases, police issued an alert last week for residents in the Logan Square community after three armed robberies and assaults were reported in just two days. The crimes occurred within blocks of one another, and the suspects carried BB guns in those cases as well, according to CBS. Witnesses described the suspects in those robberies as a group of two to four teen males, all wearing hoodies. Police have not indicated whether they believe the same suspects are responsible for the Logan Square robberies.