Belmont Central carjacking leads to Cragin crash, shots fired; 2 in custody

At least one of the vehicle’s occupants fired gunshots after the crash, but no one was hit, according to police.

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Chicago police investigate the scene where a stolen minivan crashed into multiple vehicles in the 2400 block of North Lamon Avenue in Cragin on the Northwest Side on Dec. 8, 2019.

Chicago police investigate the scene where a stolen minivan crashed into multiple vehicles in the 2400 block of North Lamon Avenue in Cragin on the Northwest Side on Dec. 8, 2019.

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Detectives are questioning two people after a minivan stolen in a Belmont Central carjacking Saturday crashed in Cragin on the Northwest Side.

A 34-year-old ride-hailing service driver had just dropped off one of his three passengers at 11:47 p.m. when two males approached him in the 6300 block of West Belmont Avenue and took his 2015 Toyota Sienna at gunpoint, according to Chicago police.

The Sienna crashed minutes later into two unoccupied parked cars in the 2400 block of North Lamon Avenue, police said. The two other passengers in the van were taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, while the two people suspected of stealing the van were taken into custody.

At least one of the vehicle’s occupants fired gunshots after the crash, but no one was hit, according to police. It was not immediately clear whom the person was shooting at.

The minivan could be seen rolled onto its side next to two other damaged vehicles on Lamon near the intersection with Fullerton Avenue as police investigated.

Charges are pending against the two in custody, police said.

Area North detectives are investigating.

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