A maintenance man was shot during an attempted robbery and fought back against the gunman, resulting in the suspect being shot with his own gun, in Waukegan Tuesday.
The Waukegan Police Department and Waukegan Fire Department responded around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday to Beechwood at the Preserve Apartments in the 3000 block of 8th Street for a report of a shooting.
Officers arrived and learned two people had sustained gunshot wounds.
A 17-year-old boy was found in an apartment with a gunshot wound to his thigh, according to a police report.
An officer applied a tourniquet to the boy’s leg before paramedics arrived.
The second person, a 20-year-old man working maintenance for the apartment building, was found with a gunshot wound to his thigh, the report said.
He was found on the ground by a dumpster behind the apartment building.
An officer provided first aid to the victim before paramedics arrived.
The 20-year-old man told officers that the 17-year-old boy attempted to rob him with a pistol and he fought back, the report said.
The maintenance man was able to gain control of the gun and shot the suspect.
The report said a witness also told investigators the 17-year-old boy was trying to rob the 20-year-old man and the two struggled over the weapon, resulting in the shooting.
Paramedics transported both male subjects to the hospital for treatment.
Officers recovered a gun from the area where the incident occurred and ammunition.
A second gun was recovered from the apartment where the suspect resides.
The incident remains under investigation by the Waukegan Police Department.