A man from Arkansas was shot and killed after he and a friend stopped to ask someone for directions on the West Side early this morning, police said.

Robert Franklin, 55, and his friend were in town to visit relatives when they got lost, according to police sources.  The two flagged someone down on the street and allowed the person into the car so he show them around, the sources said.

At some point during the car ride, the person pulled out a gun and announced a robbery, the sources said. The robber grabbed $400 and then opened fire on Franklin, wounding him twice in the back and two times on the right side of his body, a source said.

The robber fled and the friend drove to Stroger Hospital, where Franklin, of Blytheville, Ark., was pronounced dead at 4:06 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Police have been unable to figure out where the shooting occurred or where the two picked up the robber. No one was in custody and a description of the shooter was not available.

Around the same time, a man was shot and wounded in the Wicker Park neighborhood while visiting his grandmother, police said. The shooting happened about 3:55 a.m. in the 1200 block of North Wolcott Avenue.

The man, 24, was standing on a sidewalk with a friend when they got into an argument with two others. One of the other two pulled a gun and shot the man in the leg.

He was wounded in the upper right leg and taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition. Police said all four people may be linked to gangs.

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