The two men who were shot in an alley near the Chicago Theatre on Sunday evening were not the intended targets of the gunfire, Chicago police said Monday afternoon.
CPD Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said the events leading up to the shooting began moments earlier when three men robbed or stole property from three other men inside a “taco place” on the 100 block of North Wabash. CPD Supt. David Brown later identified the restaurant as Taco Bell.
The three robbery victims chased the three thieves outside and then began shooting at the offenders, Deenihan said. Those rounds traveled down Benton Place and struck two men who were standing outside the theater’s back entrance.
A 55-year-old man, who was on break from his job as a stagehand at the theater, suffered a gunshot wound to his ear. Deenihan said the bullet exited the back of the man’s neck. Another bullet struck a 27-year-old man in the right hand. Both men are in good condition.
Deenihan said CPD may release video or still images of the shooting suspects.
A source with knowledge of the investigation said the Taco Bell incident involved a stick-up crew that targeted some local drug dealers.