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3 Wounded in Drive-By Shooting in Front of Wicker Park Club, Police Say

By Alex Nitkin | December 6, 2015 9:25am | Updated on December 7, 2015 8:34am
 Three men were shot outside Esso Bar early Sunday morning, police said.
Three men were shot outside Esso Bar early Sunday morning, police said.
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WICKER PARK — Three men were hurt in a drive-by shooting in front of Wicker Park club Esso early Sunday morning.

Around 1:20 a.m., the men were walking out of a club — later identified as Esso, 1270 N. Milwaukee Ave. — when someone shot at them from a passing car, according to Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago Police spokesman.

Joe Langley, who lives in a nearby apartment building, said he heard yelling and "some commotion" from his home around 2 a.m. When he walked outside, the street was taped off and flooded with police, he said.

In the nearly two years he's lived on the block, Langley said this was the first serious incident he's seen.

"I see guys hanging around there, sometimes peeing in the alley or stuff like that, but never anything like this," Langley said. "Whatever it is, I hope the police have it locked down. I don't like gunshots near my building."

Another Wicker Park neighbor who lived above the club for a year last year, Neal Hartman said he witnessed five fights there.

Hartman said sometimes there would be "pools of blood" on the sidewalk in the morning.

Management at Esso could not be reached for comment Sunday morning.

Two 26-year-old men were brought to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where their conditions "stabilized," Estrada said. One man had been shot in his leg, and the other was shot in his right arm and his buttocks.

Another man, 25, brought himself to Rush Hospital, where he was in "stable" condition with a gunshot wound in his right foot, Estrada said.

Police could not say if any of the injuries were life-threatening.

No one is in custody, Estrada said.

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