Gunman fires into downtown Taco Bell, injuring 2

Glass is shattered after a man fired shots through the storefront at Taco Bell, 178 North Wabash, on June 8, 2024 (Andy Moy)

CHICAGO — A gunman fired shots through the front windows of a fast food restaurant in the Loop overnight, injuring two men, according to Chicago police.

The victims were inside Taco Bell, 178 North Wabash, when the man fired into the restaurant, shattering panes of glass. A 31-year-old man inside the restaurant was shot in the left leg, and a 40-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his left shoulder.

The police said they were both in good condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

There were reports of a fight inside the restaurant moments before the shots were fired, but police did not provide a motive for the shooting.

Witnesses said the gunman was a Black male in his 20s wearing all gray clothing. He was last seen heading south on State Street from Lake Street. Police were reviewing surveillance footage from the State-Lake Red Line station to see if he escaped on a train.

Six people have been shot in the Loop so far this year, but two of those shootings were by people acting in self-defense: a jewelry store employee and a concealed-carry holder who shot a man who charged at him on the street.

At this point last year, there had been eight people shot in the Loop, including a concealed carry holder who accidentally shot himself.

As of this date in 2022, there had been 16 shootings in the neighborhood, including one where Chicago police shot a man after he opened fire on them during a carjacking investigation and another where a Millennium Park security guard shot a man in self-defense.

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