Guy Asks for Directions, Is Shot Dead
Suspect enters car, robs passenger and then shoots him: cops
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 17, 2013 7:54 PM CDT

(Newser) – An Arkansas man who police say got lost driving around Chicago was shot and killed today, apparently by a man he had just asked for directions. According to police, a man identified by the Cook County Coroner's office as 55-year-old Robert Franklin, of Blytheville, Ark., was with a friend in a car about 3:45am when a man that Franklin had asked for directions climbed into the backseat and pulled out a gun. Officer Jose Estrada said the gunman robbed the men of cash and "as he is getting out he turns around and shoots (Franklin) four times in the back." The Sun-Times notes Franklin was sitting in the passenger seat.

Estrada said Franklin's friend drove him to Stroger Hospital, where Franklin was pronounced dead a short time after he arrived. Police had made no arrests as of this afternoon, nor had they identified the suspect or determined exactly where in the city the shooting occurred.

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Oct 19, 2013 8:34 AM CDT
I got caught lost on Chicago's southside years ago. I pulled over & the next thing I know a whole bunch of homies had my car surrounded. I thought for a moment, rolled my window down & threw out all the change & greenbacks I had. They all ran for it & I took off.
Oct 18, 2013 9:06 PM CDT
Violence, the one thing humans have ALWAYS been really good at. Lets stop calling it gun violence and start calling it what it is. If you think the world is violent now since the invention of the firearm you should really open a history book. Us humans think we are so enlightened nowadays, sure we know more than we did and we have our technology that makes us comfortable, but underneath all of our modern neatness is the same unpredictable species that is capable of violence.
Oct 18, 2013 3:52 PM CDT
We have to remember that if this robber hadn't have been packing, he might have people willy-nilly asking him for directions and stuff all day. A man has to draw the line somewhere. Of course the two people in the car should have been carrying too, because then it could have been a really cool shootout instead of just a dumb execution.