Police: Suspect shot brother before going on carjacking spree

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A suspect is in custody after a series of shootings and attempted carjackings in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood Thursday. (WLS)

A suspect shot his brother before going on a crime spree across Chicago, including a series of carjackings and attempted carjackings on Thursday.

The suspect is currently in custody. Police said he shot his 23-year-old brother in the chest and arm around 5 p.m. in the 5500-block of West Adams Street, and then ran from the scene. The wounded man was in stable condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.

The suspect then carjacked a red Jeep at gunpoint, police said. He eventually crashed the Jeep near North Milwaukee Avenue and carjacked a silver Jaguar, police said.

Police said the suspect then crashed the Jaguar into several parked cars in the 800 block of North Halsted Street, but continued on before crashing in the 500 block of West Chicago Avenue.

The suspect then got out and carjacked an undercover Chicago police officer in an unmarked car in the 600 block of West Chicago Avenue.

He took off in that car and then went to Rush and Oak Street where he tried to carjack another person in a Nissan, police said. That person didn't cooperate, so he shot him in the arm and then carjacked another vehicle, this time, a dark-colored Jeep, ditching it in the 1400 block of Inner Lake Shore Drive, police said.

But he didn't stop there, instead he unsuccessfully tried to snatch a Mercedes, shooting the driver in the arm in the 1400 block of Inner Lake Shore Drive, police said.

The driver's wife, Michelle Klarchek, says he is going to be OK and if he hadn't ducked, he would have been shot in the head.

"I called him and he said he's still at Northwestern and everything is fine and he didn't want to worry me, but he said he was grazed by a bullet and that it could have been a lot worse," she said.

After wounding Klarchek's husband, the suspect tried to carjack more vehicles according to police before running into a nearby condo building where officers arrested him. Police say they recovered a semi-automatic pistol he was carrying.

Meanwhile a source tells the Chicago Tribune that the driver of the Nissan who was shot is an 84-year-old man. He is expected to be OK.

The alleged carjacker is in police custody Friday morning and is being questioned by detectives. Police said he has a history of arrests. So far no charges have been filed against the suspect.
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