Robert Franklin, of Arkansas, shot dead asking for directions: police

A 55-year-old Arkansas man was shot dead early Thursday when a trip in a friend’s car went awry.

Robert Franklin died shortly after his friend rushed him to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County with four gunshot wounds to the back just before 4 a.m., authorities said.

Police said the friend told officers the two got lost while driving around during the early morning hours. Police said it is unknown where the shooting happened because the driver was lost.

The friend told police they stopped to ask for directions, but a man climbed into the car, pulled out a gun and robbed them, police said.

The robber exited the car then shot Franklin, who was sitting in the passenger seat, four times, police said.

The driver of the gray 2002 Chevrolet Impala drove to Stroger Hospital, where Franklin died, authorities said.

Chicago Police are investigating.

— Sun-Times Media Wire

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