A Democratic candidate running for Illinois Attorney General -the state's chief legal officer- was robbed at gunpoint during an official photoshoot in Chicago on Thursday; further highlighting the cities crippling crime wave that took the lives of over 600 people in 2017 alone. According to reports by authorities and Goldstein's campaign manager, the aspiring Illinois AG, accompanied by several members of his campaign team, were confronted by three gun-toting young men at North Albany Avenue in Albany Park at around 3.25pm.
The Tribune, citing a law enforcement source, reports Goldstein was robbed and four others were robbed of their camera equipment and cellphones.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Aaron Goldstein, 42, and members of his campaign team were approached by three men in their early 20s. Those included a gunman and two accomplices, all "between 20 and 24 years old".
Nobody was physically harmed in the robbery, that police believe was a crime of opportunity and not a targeted assault.
No one was in custody as of Friday morning and Area North Detectives were investigating.
Police described the incident as a random act of violence.
Campaign manager Robert Murphy, who was not with the team during the incident, said Goldstein, Democratic ward committeeman for the 33rd Ward and a resident of Albany Park, was taking promotional images for the campaign with an "in-the-neighborhood kind of" message. But when it happens to you, of course, you're shooken up. On the Facebook page for his campaign, Goldstein wrote, "Thank you all for your concern, well wishes, thoughts and prayers".
Goldstein is among a crowded field of eight candidates seeking the Democratic Party ticket to run for the AG's office.