JEFFERSON PARK — Neighbors are raising money for the owners of a Northwest Side ice cream shop after they were injured in a violent armed robbery this week.
The owners of El Sabor La Michoacanita at 9 p.m. Monday were cleaning up their shop, 4442 N. Milwaukee Ave., when someone entered the business. They thought it would be the last customer of the night, according to a GoFundMe launched to support the business owners.
The person walked in the store, pulled out a gun and hit one of the business owners in his head several times, causing him to lose consciousness, according to the fundraiser page.
The store’s co-owner gave the robber the money but was also pistol whipped during the incident.
She ran out of the store to ask for help, and 911 was called, the fundraiser states. When police showed up, her business partner was still unconscious. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Chicago Police verified the incident in a crime report, but did not provide any additional details when asked Thursday.
The violent crime has “traumatized” the business owners. El Sabor La Michoacanita has remained closed while they recover from the attack.
A neighboring business owner has launched a GoFundMe to help the ice cream shop owners pay for hospital bills and make up for missed income while the store is closed.
In one day, the fundraiser has received $3,000.
“We are missing the most friendly ice cream couple already!” the GoFundMe reads. “We can’t wait to see them again to serve us their ice cream, shakes, and much more…”
El Sabor La Michoacanita opened in October 2019.
To donate to the GoFundMe, click here.
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