One man died and two other people, including a 12-year-old boy, were injured in a shooting at a Starbucks in the Uptown neighborhood Thursday night, according to officials and witnesses.
The shooting at the Starbucks, 4753 N. Broadway, at Lawrence Avenue, took place about 8:10 p.m., according to police. A man was dead at the scene, according to a police. A 12-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the groin and was taken to an area hospital, while another man suffered a gunshot wound in the attack and, police said.
The shooting is believed to have taken place after a drug deal gone awry, Chicago police Cmdr. Marc Buslik said at the scene about 10 p.m. The man who was later killed and the shooter apparently were involved in a transaction at Wilson Avenue and Broadway, after which the victim ran into the Starbucks.
The attacker, who wore dark clothing and a mask, followed the man and opened fire, hitting the man. The second man and the boy, who may have known the slain man, were also shot while the attacker was aiming at him, Buslik said.
The suspect is still at large, Buslik said.
Earlier, through the business’s windows along Lawrence, the slain man’s body could be seen lying on the floor. Police moved reporters and cameramen kitty corner from the Starbucks as they continued to canvass the scene.
Bryan Stroud, 52, of Ravenswood, had just been at the Starbucks when he stepped outside to say hello to a friend. In a matter of moments, they saw a man wearing a black mask enter the coffee shop and unload a small-caliber handgun.
“He walked right in the store and just shot three people,” Stroud said. “We were a little afraid. He could’ve come come out and started shooting the crowd. Somebody went off the deep end.”
In the aftermath, patrons and bystanders were sent scrambling away.
At one point, people carried the boy who was hurt in the shooting and solicited a passing motorist to rush him to the hospital.
“They said, ‘He’s only a baby! Get him to Weiss!'” Stroud said, quoting someone who was with the boy.
The shooting left witnesses, including Stroud, noticeably rattled. An employee behind the register locked her hands behind her head as she spoke to an officer.
At one point, one woman ran up to the scene and tried to duck under police tape until officers stopped her. The woman was later seen crying as she yelled, “Oh my God!”
Kendra Nance, 26, said she was walking with her boyfriend when she hear four gunshots. The couple continued walking and saw two men shot inside. Nance took video showing a man dead and
Another man was hunched over the second victim who was laid on his side, bleeding near bar stools in the coffee shop.
“There was blood everywhere. I had never seen a dead body so my boyfriend tried to call me down.”
“He wasn’t breathing,” she continued. “He was just lying there …”
The shooting took place in a bustling area near the Lawrence Red Line station, and popular entertainment venues the Green Mill and the Riviera Theatre.
Earlier, a 24-year-old man was wounded in a shooting on the South Side’s Grand Crossing neighborhood, Chicago police said in a media notification.
The attack happened about 1:10 p.m. in the 1400 block of East 69th Place.
The victim suffered a wound to the left thigh and was taken in good condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.
No one was in custody.