By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS)– A security guard was shot during an attempted robbery on the Near West Side Sunday morning.

According to police, the 22-year-old male security guard was reporting to work, in the 100 block of South Western Avenue around 6:20 a.m., when several offenders approached exited a vehicle and approached him. The offenders attempted to rob him and fired shots, striking the security guard in the thigh and lower leg.

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Police said the security guard shot back, but the offenders fled the scene.

The security guard was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

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An armed robbery had also happened nearby moments earlier, but it was not immediately clear whether the same assailants were involved.

Police believe the suspects in a subsequent shooting in the 300 block of South Karlov Avenue in West Garfield Park may have been related to the shooting of the security guard.

At 6:28 a.m., a 43-year-old man was walking with a friend from the Pulaski Blue Line stop in the middle of the Eisenhower Expressway when they were approached by two men in vehicle. The men tried to rob the victim and his friend, but the victim and his friend ran off in different directions.

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The suspects chased the victim and shot him in the leg, police said. His condition was stabilized at an area hospital.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff