Four men were wounded in a shooting outside a Near North Side nightclub early this morning, authorities said.
The shooting happened about 3:40 a.m. outside Hearts, a club at 1115 N. North Branch Street.
Officers found two wounded men in a parking lot outside a nightclub, Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said. One of the men, 29, had been shot in the thigh and the armpit, according to police. The other, 37, had been hit in the knee in the groin.
Both men were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where they were listed in critical condition.
A 32-year-old man, shot in the leg and the back, was dropped off at Rush University Center, police said. He was transferred to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where his condition was stabilized.
A fourth man, 28, walked into Stroger with a gunshot wound to the arm, officials said.
Police were releasing few details of the shooting.
About an hour after the shooting, at least a dozen officers stood outside the club on North Branch, a short side street running southeast from West Division Street until it reaches North Halsted Street. A sergeant on the scene declined to discuss the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation.
As she walked from the club onto the street, a woman in a strapless dress told a security guard she felt uncomfortable walking alone to an SUV parked nearby. The security guard walked her to the SUV and spoke with her after she stepped into the passenger’s seat. Walking back toward the club, the security guard declined comment.
On its website, Hearts advertises attractive staff, VIP tables, a strict dress code and “an experience that rivals all of the clubs throughout the city.” The nightclub, which stays open until 4 or 5 a.m. on weekends, does not include Tuesday night hours on its website.
In April, a 24-year-old man was shot in the chest inside the club after an argument involving several people, according to police. The man was listed in serious condition that morning.
Messages left for the nightclub were not immediately returned.
Source: Chicago Tribune