Three employees of a Michelin-rated restaurant on the Near West Side were shot Thursday night while trying to stop several men from stealing a car behind the restaurant, police said.
The general manager, a bartender and a cook of The Frontier, at 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., were shot at about 8:15 p.m., said the restaurant's owner, Mark Domitrovich.
Domitrovich said an employee was outside smoking when the employee noticed four men sitting in another employee’s car in an attempt to steal it. Other people came out to see what was going on and the robbers opened fire, he said.
All three were taken to area hospitals in serious to critical condition, according to Fire Media Affairs. One person was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital while two were taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
The employees' injuries did not appear to be life-threatening and are expected to recover, said Domitrovich.
Danny Collom, 25, lives on the block and said he heard gunshots and yelling while watching television. He came out of his apartment and saw two people on stretchers in the back of the restaurant.
"They were both sitting up and looked OK," Collom said.
Although police said the shooting occurred on Cortez, three ambulances were sent to the nearby 1000 block of North Milwaukee Avenue.
Unconfirmed dispatch reports indicated authorities were seeking six people who may have been involved in the shooting.
The Frontier is 2012 Michelin Guide recommended, according to the restaurant’s website.