2 Dead, 5 Injured in Restaurant Shooting

Two teens were found dead on restaurant counter when first responders arrived shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday

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|  Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011  |  Updated 9:20 PM CDT
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UPDATE: Teens slain in restaurant shooting identified

Two people were killed and five wounded Tuesday in a shooting inside a Church's Fried Chicken restaurant on Chicago's south side.

Police said the shooting, at South Halsted and West 66th streets, stemmed from an argument that started outside. Shortly before 7 p.m., the shooter chased his intended victim into the restaurant with a handgun and opened fire, striking seven people, police said.

First responders found two teens dead on the counter and five others injured outside the restaurant.

A 16-year-old boy and a 51-year-old man were both shot in the leg and taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. A 17-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, and a 58-year-old man suffered multiple gunshots wounds and were both taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The age and condition of the fifth victim wasn't immediately known, nor was it clear if the gunman's intended victim was among the dead and injured, police said.

As of Wednesday morning, one person was in critical condition, three in serious condition and one is in the good condition.

At least three people came to the crime scene Tuesday, wailing in tears, barely able to stand.

Latoia Brown said her 16-year-old daughter, Diamond, dated one of the teens who was killed. She describes the boy as a "good kid."

"This must have been an accident. They must have got the wrong person. He did nothing to nobody. It hurts. It hurts bad," she said.

No one was in custody Wednesday morning as police continue looking for the shooter.

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