September 8, 2016

Video footage shows two people attempting to rob an elderly man named Federico LaGuardia before one of the assailants shot the 71-year-old while he was watering his front yard in Chicago.

A neighbor has a surveillance camera positioned towards the Marquette Park block that captured the Tuesday afternoon assault. Two men on bicycles rode past LaGuardia and then returned and demanded his wallet, said Chicago police spokesperson Officer Thomas Sweeney, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“When he refused, they shot him in the abdomen,” said Sweeney. The footage shows LaGuardia standing up and clutching his torso after the attackers biked off. He was able to reach a neighbor’s doorstep to seek help, and underwent surgery at a nearby hospital.

LaGuardia is currently in fair condition, and investigators are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the suspects. Chicago’s homicide count topped 500 over Labor Day weekend, with many of the deaths resulting from shootings.

[Chicago Tribune]

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