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3 trying to foil car theft shot, 4 held for questioning

Chicago Tribune –

Several people were being questioned this morning after three employees of a Noble Square neighborhood restaurant were shot hile trying to stop the theft of another worker’s car in an allley.

The shooting occurred around 8:15 p.m. in the 1400 block of West Cortez Street, according to police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien.

Paramedics responded to the nearby address of 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. for the shooting and took three people to hospitals in serious condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

The two men, ages 21 and 33, were shot in the leg. The younger of the two is in stable condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the other in stable condition atJohn H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to police.

The woman, 21, was shot in the leg and ankle and taken in stable condition to Stroger Hospital, police said.

According to preliminary information provided from an officer at the scene, the three victims worked at the Frontier Restaurant at the Milwaukee Avenue address and saw someone trying to steal a car from the alley behind the establishment when they were wounded.

The restaurant’s owner said the victims are a bartender, cook and manager. He said another cook had walked out the rear of the restaurant and saw a group of four or five people in his car, apparently trying to steal it from where it was parked in the alley.

The cook ran back inside the restaurant to get help, and a few people from inside went into the back alley, the owner said.

Police could not immediately confirm all the details provided by the owner, but said the three victims were expected to survive.

A police source this morning said that four people were being questioned at the Harrison Area headquarters but that nobody had been charged.

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