Gunman opens fire outside Lakeview restaurant after asking about man’s gang affiliation

Chicago police are investigating after a gunman fired shots at a man outside a Lakeview restaurant on Thursday evening. The victim, 29, was not injured.

According to CPD, he was walking into a restaurant in the 3500 block of North Lincoln when someone yelled at him and fired shots at 11:57 p.m.

Police did not name the restaurant, but two bullet holes were visible this morning in the windows at Burrito House, 3547 North Lincoln. The rounds shattered glass next to a decorative ghost painted on the restaurant’s window to celebrate the Day of the Dead and Halloween.

Bullet holes are seen in the window of Burrito House, 3547 North Lincoln, on October 14, 2022. | Provided

A source said the gunman asked the victim if he had a gang affiliation before the shots were fired.

Police recovered shell casings that a woman found nearby while walking her dog.

The gunfire is the latest in a string of “shots fired” incidents over the past two months.

On October 9, bullets struck a woman’s car as she drove through the intersection of Ashland and Addison around 1:40 a.m. A 14-year-old boy was shot at almost exactly the same time a couple of blocks north of the intersection, according to CPD.

On September 2, police found five shell casings after shots were fired around 1:35 a.m. outside Lakeview High School in the 4000 block of North Ashland.

Four days earlier, on August 29, officers found shell casings in an alley directly across from Lakeview High School after 911 callers reported shots fired.

Shots fired were also confirmed at Irving and Ashland around 5 a.m. on August 15.

On September 23, someone fired shots from a white SUV and looped through a gas station at Addison and Ashland around 11 p.m.

The string of incidents began around 1:15 p.m. on August 8. In that case, witnesses reported seeing people shooting at each other in the 3700 block of North Ashland. Police found casings and damage to a building, but no injuries were reported.

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