Chicago shooting kills two and wounds eight, police say

Gunfire erupts after fight breaks out near fast-food restaurant

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Two people were killed and another eight were wounded during a shooting near a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, police said.

The shooting occurred late on Thursday night near the fast-food chain on the Near North Side, a few blocks from the city's Magnificent Mall district. One person was taken into custody and a weapon was recovered, police said.

Details about what led to the shooting were not immediately released by police, but a witness, Deonna Jackson, 18, said it appeared to stem from a fight outside the restaurant.

“When the fight first started, we were right next to them,” she told the Chicago Sun-Times. ”We had to run because I didn’t want anyone to swing on me.”

A large number of people were in the area when gunfire erupted, and one witness said he saw two women crawling on the floor to seek shelter, local media reported. Emergency personnel were treating some of the people at the scene.

Police did not immediately release names of those killed or wounded in the shooting. An investigation is ongoing.

The shooting comes amid a surge in deadly violence in the city in recent years. And it follows a deadly shooting last weekend in downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park that killed a teenager and led the city to tighten a curfew for young people as part of efforts to curb violence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Updated: May 20, 2022, 7:38 PM