A restaurant owner from the northwest suburbs was shot to death Thursday morning in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood on the Northwest Side.
About 6:45 a.m., 46-year-old Peter Rim was a passenger in a vehicle traveling west in the 4100 block of Diversey Avenue when an SUV pulled up and there was a verbal exchange, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Someone in the SUV then pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking Rim in the head.
He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 10:57 a.m., authorities said. He lived in South Barrington.
Rim owned an Asian fusion restaurant, Bistro Wasabi, in Lake and the Hills, according to its staff.
In a social media post from the restaurant, Rim was described as “wild, fun, energetic, and loving.” The post said Rim, “affected so many lives here and every one here misses you so much. You are so loved. Rest easy Peter.”
One of Rim’s friends who was with him in the vehicle when he was shot, according to staff at Bistro Wasabi, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Area North detectives were conducting a homicide investigation.