CHICAGO — A man set a person experiencing homelessness on fire early Wednesday on the Near North Side.
About 2:50 a.m., the victim, a 75-year-old man, was laying on the ground in the 400 block of lower North Wabash Avenue when a man came up to him and poured a flammable liquid on him, police said. The man lit the victim on fire and ran away.
A nearby security guard used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire and help the victim, police said.
Nearly half of the victim’s body was burned. He was taken to Northwestern Hospital in critical condition, police said.
No one was in custody. An investigation was ongoing.
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