At least two people were wounded and one person was killed during a shooting at a Chicago Starbucks on Thursday night and early Friday morning, ABC7 reported.
A 12-year-old boy was hurt in the incident on the 4700-block of North Broadway near the Bridgeview Bank building in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.
A suspect has not been identified. A man wearing a ski mask chased a 28-year-old man into the Starbucks and opened fire at around 8:10 p.m. local time.
The chase broke out after a drug deal, ABC7 reported.
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“The Starbucks is divided. There’s and east section and a west section, which is right on the corner. They were in the east section, or what you might consider to be the back of the Starbucks,” said Commander Marc Buslik, of the Chicago Police Department.
The 28-year-old man died at the scene. Police said all three victims knew each other.
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“As far as we can tell, this was not a random act,” Buslik said, per the Chicago Sun-Times.
Witnesses described the scene.
“Heard two shots, then a pause. I grabbed my wife and kind of pushed her down and said, ‘Shots!’ Then there were three more, almost within a few seconds,” said Mike Swaiko, a witness.
“It was gunshots. By the time we got in there, they had already, like, told everyone to get cover,” said Maureen Swaiko, another witness.
Starbucks issued a statement after the shooting.
“We were saddened to learn of the passing of a young man and the injury of two others as a result of gun violence at our store,” the firm said.
“The store will be closed tomorrow morning (Friday) as we focus on our local store partners, ensuring they have the support they need. We will continue to support law enforcement in their investigation,” the statement added, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.