CHICAGO (MORGAN PARK) — A peaceful Sunday afternoon quickly turned to horror when gunfire erupted at a family restaurant popular with the after-church crowd. Five people were shot, including one who has died, outside the Lumes Pancake House at 116th and Western in the city’s Morgan Park neighborhood.
Chicago police said a white SUV pulled up in front of the restaurant around 1:50 p.m. Three people got out of the vehicle and walked into an outdoor dining tent. The trio started shooing hitting a 31-year-old man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspects got back into the SUV and fled the scene. No one is in custody.
Three adults were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. A 43-year-old woman suffered gunshot wounds to the stomach and buttock. Another man and woman, both 32, are being treated for gunshot wounds to the thigh. Both are listed in stable condition.
A 30-year-old woman was shot in the foot and is listed in good condition at OSF-Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. Police had initially reported six shot, but later amended it to five.
Chicago police said the man who was killed appeared to be the target of the shooting. His name has not been released.
“He was dining outdoors under a tent when a white colored SUV drove up and fired shots striking him,” a Chicago police official said while confirming the shooting.
Chicago activist Andrew Holmes said police didn’t know if the deceased man and others were all together or not. The white SUV reportedly did not have a front license plate. Area 2 detectives were reviewing video footage from local businesses.
“These businesses need to stop telling police the cameras don’t work,” Holmes said.
Rev. Donovan Price, a Chicago pastor and founder of the Solutions and Resources organization, told media outlets all victims were adults and no children were hit by the gunfire.
“That’s a blessing,” he said.
Price said the injured came from two families and had just returned from Christ Hospital where he had been praying with the families.
A group of people gathered across the street from Lumes hugging each other. Price said they were thee victims’ family members.
Western Avenue was closed off to traffic between 115th and 117th streets for several hours as police conducted their investigation.
19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea was the first official to confirm the shooting. He was on the scene speaking to responding police officers before 3:30 p.m.
Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact the Chicago Police Department anonymously via their tip line.
“Your help is needed to ensure that the individuals responsible for this horrific attack are apprehended and brought to justice,” O’Shea said in an email to residents. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, and we are again imploring anyone with any information about this crime to contact the police. We need your help to stop this senseless violence.”
Patch reporter Tim Moran is contributing to this report.