Man Dead After Triple-Shooting Inside Uptown Starbucks; 12-Year-Old Boy Also Shot

One man is dead and two others, including a 12-year-old boy, are hospitalized after they were shot inside an Uptown Starbucks Thursday evening. No one is in custody.

The Starbucks is located near the Aragon Ballroom and Green Mill Tavern. | Google

Around 8:10 p.m., a man ran into the coffee shop at 4753 North Broadway with a masked gunman close behind. The second man opened fire, killing the man he had been chasing and striking the other two victims.

28-year-old Sauvignon Watkins of the Chatham neighborhood was pronounced dead at the scene.


In the seconds after the shooting, a woman ran into the coffee shop, snatched up the injured boy, and drove him to nearby Weiss Hospital, a witness said. He was later transferred in good condition to Lurie Children’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to his right groin area.

A 24-year-old man was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He is listed in serious condition.

Standing steps from landmarks like the Green Mill Tavern and Aragon Ballroom, Town Hall District Commander Marc Buslik said that Watkins and the shooter had been involved in a drug deal nearby.

Police were seeking to identify the gunman who was last seen running south on Broadway, Buslik said. Witnesses described the offender a black man in his 20’s who is shorter than 6-feet tall and was wearing black pants, a black jacket, and a face mask.

Detectives are also trying to determine if a black four-door vehicle that sped from the scene was used in the attack.

Police records show that Watkins, a convicted gun offender, had been arrested in Uptown six times since 2014.

CWBChicago is withholding the names of the two survivors; however, we can report that all three victims have different last names.

Thursday’s shooting was the second this week in Uptown to record multiple victims. Two people were shot early Wednesday in the 4600 block of North Greenview. That incident has connections to a North Side rapper, according to CWBChicago sources.

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