2 Dead, 1 Wounded in Bridgeport Shooting

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    Police investigate the the diner in the 500 block of West Pershing Road, where the shooting took place early Saturday.

    Two men were killed and another wounded when a masked gunman walked up to them outside a Bridgeport neighborhood hamburger stand early Saturday and opened fire.

    The shooting happened about 4 a.m. in the 500 block of West Pershing Road, outside Kevin’s Hamburger Heaven.

    The restaurant had customers inside, but the three men had gone outside to smoke after having juts ordered their food, sources said. While outside of the restaurant, a man in a mask ran up to them, and while at close range unloaded a barrage of bullets.

    He then fled the scene on foot.

    The gunman did not go inside the restaurant and there was no robbery involved, according to sources.

    One of the victims suffered four gunshot wounds -- two to the back of the head and two to the back. Another was shot three times in the chest. Those two men were pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

    A third victim was shot in the arm and lower abdominal area, a source said. He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, police said.

    As of about 10 a.m. the IDs and ages of the two dead men were not known, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

    This is the second time in the past four months that someone has been shot dead outside an all-night restaurant in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

    About 5:20 a.m. on September 30, two men, ages 25 and 35, were standing in line on the sidewalk outside a fast-food restaurant in the 900 block of West 35th Street when they were approached by two males, according to police. An altercation ensued and the two victims were shot. Jose Escobar, 25, of the 3300 block of South Carpenter Street, was dead on the scene. The other victim was critically wounded, with gunshot wounds to the shoulder, back and buttocks, Police said that the incident was thought to be a confrontation between members of two rival street gangs.

    Area Central detectives are investigating.