Man, 53, charged in robbery and shooting at Logan Square store - New York News

Man, 53, charged in robbery and shooting at Logan Square store

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 53-year-old man has been charged with the armed robbery and shooting at a Logan Square neighborhood store Tuesday in which the store owner tried to beat off the robbers with a baseball bat.

Chicago Police said Cornell Mack has been charged with attempted first degree murder, armed robbery and discharge of a firearm after he was also shot during the course of the robbery.

Two robbers entered the small shop in the 2200 block of North Western Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The 62-year-old shop owner, Luis Quizhpe, was shot in the leg after struggling with one of them, police said.

Quizhpe started swinging a baseball bat at the gun-wielding robber — defending the Logan Square novelty store he's run for 28 years.

"I'm so lucky," he told the Sun-Times said from his hospital bed on Wednesday. "It was like the Fourth of July. I just heard lots of noise. Pow, pow, pow," Quizhpe said. "...I was so mad at them," he said of the two men who held him up.

SEE: Caught on camera: Logan Square store owner fights armed robber

The robbery, caught on store surveillance, shows one of the robbers holding a gun to Luis Quizhpe's brother-in-law, who was also inside Quizhpe's Gifts and Sports.

The elder Quizhpe can be seen grabbing a baseball bat and swinging as the robber fires continuous rounds at him at close range. Just one bullet pierced Quizhpe's leg.

Still Quizhpe kept on swinging, even after being shot, and even as one of the robbers hopped back over the counter and shot at him again at close range. The video captured Quizhpe's brother-in-law hitting one of the robbers with an extension rod, then grabbing a stool and throwing it at him. Just after the robber had hopped over the counter to escape, Quizhpe's brother-in-law can be seen throwing a fire extinguisher at him on the way out.

Mack was in police custody Thursday at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien said. He suffered a gunshot wound during the robbery, but O'Brien said it was not known exactly how he was shot. Mack is being held on $750,000 bond.

The investigation is continuing and the second suspect is not yet in custody.

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