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CHICAGO (CBS) — Police late Monday had a person of interest in custody in the shooting that critically injured culinary student Dakotah Earley earlier this month.
Police provided no other details.
Earley was walking on Wayne Avenue near Webster Avenue around 3 a.m. on May 6 when one of two robbers came out of hiding and pointed a gun at him. After giving the offender his bag, Earley reached for the gun, and both fell to the ground as they struggled over the gun. He was shot three times while robbers asked for his cellphone password.
He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition with two gunshot wounds to the back, and one gunshot wound to the head — resulting in partial loss of his colon. His family has reported he has shown signs of improvement over the past several days.
Earley’s attack was just one of eight in the Lincoln Park and Lakeview areas in less than 48 hours. Police earlier said these armed robberies at the following times and locations are also possibly linked:
• 2900 block of North Clark Street on Wednesday, May 4, at 10:45 p.m.
• 2600 block of North Bosworth Avenue on Wednesday, May 4 at 10:50 p.m.
• 1100 block of West Wellington Avenue on Wednesday, May 4 at 11 p.m.
• 3000 block of North Racine Avenue on Thursday, May 5 at 10 p.m.
• 2600 block of North Racine Avenue on Thursday, May 5 at 10:26 p.m.
• 700 block of West Aldine Avenue on Friday, May 6, at 12:30 a.m.
• 1100 block of West Fullerton Avenue on Friday, May 6, at 3 a.m. The victim of this robbery was a DePaul University student.
Police late Monday did not say if the person of interest being question in Earley’s shooting in also a person of interest in any of these incidents, or any others since Earley was shot.