Shootout leaves 1 dead, another injured at West Town hookah lounge, police say

Chicago — A shootout left one man dead and another injured at a hookah lounge on the border of West Town and Wicker Park early on New Year’s Day, Chicago police said. Authorities and family members identified the deceased victim as Austin McAllister, a 38-year-old father of six who was working as a bouncer at the Lyon’s Den.

A man tried to enter The Lyon’s Den, 2123 West Division, while brandishing a handgun around 1:30 a.m. and then exchanged gunfire with the victims, according to a media statement from Chicago police.

Chicago police officers are seen outside The Lyon’s Den Hookah Lounge, 2123 West Division, after a shooting on January 1, 2023 | Citizen App

Surveillance video shows the offender getting into a light-colored SUV that sped westbound on Division Street after the shooting.

McAllister who suffered gunshot wounds to his leg, abdomen, and shoulder succumbed to his injuries at Stroger Hospital. The other victim, a 26-year-old man, was in good condition at Stroger with a gunshot wound to his left calf.

Police recovered at least one firearm at the scene, an officer said.

According to an officer who reviewed surveillance video of the shooting, the gunman who escaped was a Black male with short curly hair who wore a blue sweater over a light blue shirt, black jeans, and white shoes. The man stands 5’11” to 6 feet tall and weighs 180 to 200 pounds, the officer said.

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