Police seek to identify group in shooting that injured two men near Chicago theater

CHICAGO (CBS) – Police released video on Wednesday of an incident at the Taco Bell Cantina on Wabash Avenue downtown that led to the shooting of two innocent men in the alley outside the Chicago theater over the weekend latest.

The shooting in turn forced the cancellation of a production of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” at the Nederlander Theater down the street.

Police said the victims – two men aged 27 and 55, one of whom worked as a stagehand – were hit by gunfire in Benton Place alley off Wabash Avenue just before 5 p.m. Sunday.

It all started when three men were robbed at the Taco Bell Cantina around the corner at 178 N. Wabash Ave., and the victims chased the robbers and shot them – wounding the two innocent men instead.

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The video shows three men entering the Taco Bell Cantina and walking around. One sits down at a table, while the other is seen with his hand over his mouth as he appears to place an order.

Later, three more men enter and approach the first group. The groups are crammed together when it appears that a man in a blue jacket from the second group is forcibly taking something from a man from the first group.

At this time, the men of the second group leave and three men of the first group quickly run after them.

The video then shows two of the three men in the first group walking up the stairs to the State/Lake ‘L’ stip.

It is these two men that the police are trying to identify. One is wearing a black puffy jacket with a hood, a Boston Red Sox hat and tattered light jeans. The other wears a blue, red and white Philadelphia Phillies jacket.

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After the shooting in broad daylight on Sunday night, a large crowd watched the crime scene tape roll up as they waited to enter the Chicago theater for “Letterkenny Live!” comedy show. The doors opened as the shots rang out.

This show happened. But “Moulin Rouge” in the Nederlander did not. Broadway in Chicago has sent out a cancellation notice for a “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” performance on Sunday night, “due to prior disruption.”

A member of the “Moulin Rouge” audience reported that the announcement was made after the hall was full and the curtain was up.

“This whole street was full of people, and everyone started running, taking off,” said a witness who did not want to reveal his name. “We heard a shot, and we weren’t sure it was a shot at first. And then a second after that, you heard four more.”

The 55-year-old victim was shot in the head and transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in fair condition. The 27-year-old was shot in the hand and transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Area Three Detectives at (312) 744-8263, or submit an anonymous tip at cpdtip.com.


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