A 36-year-old New York man was robbed at gunpoint Friday night while taking photographs at Buckingham Fountain (Chicago), police said.
The victim, who police said was from Yorktown Heights, an area about 35 miles north of New York City, was taking pictures around the fountain in the 500 block of South Columbus Drive about 8 p.m. Friday when a man approached and began asking him questions, police said.
After that man walked away, two other men in their early 20s walked up the footpath toward the 36-year-old and one, brandishing a handgun, ordered him to “give it up,’’ according to a police report.
The victim gave them a camera he said was worth $5,000, his iPhone and wallet, and the two robbers fled south.
The fountain is a favorite tourist attraction and a magnet for night shots, though I'd be just a bit uncomfortable shooting there at night. In the evening, I prefer to stick with spots where loads of local pedestrians are going about their business or more quiet, untourtised locations where predators aren't hunting victims. There are always some people around the fountain after dark, and I wouldn't hesitate to go their after dark, but I wouldn't stand around with a nice camera on a tripod. Maybe that's just me, because many others go there with nice cameras. Here's a sample.