South Loop: Honked horn turns into shooting at Portillo’s

The Portillo’s at 520 West Taylor | Google

An argument that started when one car’s driver honked at another in a restaurant drive-thru ended with a shooting Friday night in the South Loop, according to police and witnesses.

The 16-year-old male victim got out of his car when the driver of a black Jeep behind him honked his horn at Portillo’s, 520 West Taylor, shortly after 11 p.m. The Jeep’s driver also got out, and both men began fighting until the Jeep’s driver pulled out a gun and shot the teen in his leg, according to CPD.

An ambulance transported the victim to Stroger Hospital in fair condition. Police said he does not appear to have previous contact with CPD. The gunman drove from the scene.

Officers who responded to the shooting said the victim and his companion were not fully cooperative with the police investigation.

Area Three detectives are handling the case.

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