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A gunman robbed a man, struck him in the face and then fired a shot at the victim as the victim tried to flee the scene in Waukegan.

The Waukegan Police Department responded around 12:02 a.m. on February 4 to the 600 block of Lenox Avenue for a report of an armed robbery.

A police report, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and released Monday, said a victim was in his vehicle behind his residence.

The victim was approached by an armed male offender who was wearing a mask and opened his car door.

The suspect demanded the victim’s vehicle but the male victim refused the demand, the report said.

The suspect then struck the victim in the face multiple times and tried going through the victim’s pockets.

The victim heard the suspect rack the slide of a gun before hearing a gunshot as he ran away, the report said.

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The offender fled northbound in the alley. Officers found a vehicle that had been struck by the projectile.

A canine was called to the scene and conducted a track, which was unsuccessful.

The incident was the second robbery in Waukegan in less than 24 hours.

A robbery occurred near Lewis Avenue and Belvidere Road just before 8 a.m. on February 3 where two suspects robbed a victim who was walking home from the train station, a separate report said.

The victim, who is new to the area, had his backpack stolen and cash stolen from his pockets by the suspects, who fled the scene.