The 56-year-old Chicago man who showed up at Jewel-Osco, 438 Madison St., Monday evening with a gunshot wound to the hand has stopped cooperating with police and has given several conflicting stories, said Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds.

The man’s initial tale of being robbed and shot in the store’s vestibule by a young man in his 20s soon fell apart, police said.

Reynolds said the store’s surveillance video captured the red Dodge Caravan driven by the man pulling into the Jewel parking lot about 5 p.m., before the alleged shooting took place. The van parked for awhile and then left the lot, Reynolds said. About 20 minutes later the van, registered to a family member, returned and parked behind the store.

The victim walked into the grocery store asking for help and was transported to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Reynolds said.

Oak Park police are reaching out to Chicago police for help, Reynolds said.

“We’re continuing to investigate the inconsistencies reported by the alleged victim,” Reynolds said.

An earlier article incorrectly identified the hospital to which the victim was taken. He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center.

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Jean Lotus

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