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Police: Would-be robber fatally shot during Uptown hold-up

Police investigate after an attempted robbery and shooting late Thursday in Uptown. | Network Video Productions

A man who was shot and killed while trying to rob two others in the Uptown neighborhood late Thursday has been identified.

Two 23-year-old men were unloading a vehicle in an alley in the 1000 block of West Winona about 10:30 p.m. when a 28-year-old man walked up and demanded their things, according to Chicago Police.

One of the younger men handed over his cellphone and wallet, but when the robber said he was taking the car, the other 23-year-old pulled out a gun and shot him multiple times, police said.

William C. George, 28, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:59 a.m. Friday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. George lived in the 7700 block of South Lowe.

Police said he had been on parole for a past armed robbery conviction.

An autopsy found George died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The shooter was licensed to have the weapon and was not charged, police said.