CHICAGO — A man was shot twice early Monday morning after an attempted catalytic converter theft on the North Side.

Just after 6 a.m., police responded to the 7200 block of North Oakley on the report of a shooting.

Police believe the victim, a 54-year-old man, was outside when he noticed a male suspect underneath his vehicle attempting to commit a theft.

The man approached the suspect, who was with others, and the victim was shot twice in the body.

Neighbor Kristie Lauborough woke up to the sound of gunfire.

“It’s not uncommon to hear gunshots in Chicago,” she said. “Normally, they’re a little farther away. These sounded a lot closer, as we know they were.”

She said the 54-year-old man walked up to his white Toyota Prius the suspects were trying to steal his catalytic converter.

Police have been warning residents about a rise in catalytic converter thefts. The price of rhodium has risen and catalytic converters can be sold for around $150.

“Rhodium has really driven catalytic converter thefts, particularly in cars manufactured with a high amount of rhodium like the Prius and others” Supt. Brown said.

No suspects are in custody. Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip at