A United Parcel Service delivery driver was shot this morning during an apparent robbery involving two men in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, officials said.
The man initially was in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after the 10 a.m. shooting on the 6500 block of South Hermitage Avenue, said Chicago Police Officer Gabrielle Lesniak, but is expected to recover.
Police have one suspect in custody, officials said.
The driver went to the 6500 block of South Hermitage to make a delivery but refused to accept payment because he was suspicious about the payment, a source said.
The UPS worker drove away from the house but was stopped a short distance later, where he was shot in the back by two offenders who tried to rob him, police said.
Police initially said the driver was shot as he attempted to flee after refusing to drive away under orders from the men.
Susan Rosenberg, a spokeswoman for UPS in Atlanta, said officials have been in contact with the man's family. The man, whom they are not identifying, was able to speak and was aware of his surroundings, she said. She said UPS security officials are working with police.
The man has been employed with UPS since 1997 and has been a driver with the company since 2003, Rosenberg said. Police eventually released the truck and deliveries were continuing this afternoon, she said.