Two men standing in line at a Bridgeport fast-food restaurant were gunned down during an argument early this morning, leaving one of the men dead and the other in critical condition, police said.

The shooting occurred about 5:20 a.m. today near 35th Street and Morgan Street in the Bridgeport neighborhood, police said. The two men were outside the restaurant when two other men approached, a fight began, and shots were fired, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli. The two gunmen then fled the scene; a detailed description of the two was not available.

Police were called to the scene and when they arrived, they found the two gunshot victims lying on the sidewalk, Mirabelli said. A 25-year-old man was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene, Mirabelli said; he had a gunshot wound to his head. The body was on the sidewalk outside Johnny O's Hot Dogs later in the morning.

The second victim, a 35-year-old male, sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his shoulder, back, and buttocks; he was transported in critical condition to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

The dead was identified as Jose Escobar, of the 3300 block of South Carpenter Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Family members said this morning at the scene of the crime that he had gone out about 5 a.m. to get something to eat and a fight broke out.

Mirabelli said that the shooting appeared to be gang-related, with the victims and assailants being in rival gangs. He said Area Central is handling the investigation and that no one is in custody.

At least five other people were shot in the city since early Saturday after noon. Including the Bridgeport incident, three occurred on Morgan Street on the South Side, at different times and in different neighborhoods.

About 7:35 p.m. Saturday in the 6200 block of South Morgan in the Englewood neighborhood, a 48-year-old was shot during an armed robbery, News Affairs Officer Joshua Purkiss said. The victim was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious-to-critical condition with a gunshot wound to the back, according to the Chicago Fire Department. The shooter, described as a man in his 20s, entered a store, displayed a gun and demanded cash. It's unclear if he fled the store with any proceeds from the robbery.

The third shooting on Morgan was about 1 p.m. Saturday. A 22-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 8300 block in the Gresham neighborhood. He's in good condition at St. Bernard Hospital, News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien said.

In other shootings:

• Someone fired at least ten rounds at a 15-year-old boy, hitting him twice, about 12:48 a.m. today in the Hermosa neighborhood. The boy was inside Keystone Park in the 4000 block of West Wabansia Street with older men and may have been intoxicated when he was shot, police said. Aside from hitting the boy, the bullets also tore into a two-story home across from the park on Keystone Avenue just south of Wabansia Avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood.

The boy was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said. He was shot twice, including once in the leg, police said.

Detectives scoured the park, which is illuminated by a streetlight overhanging its east end. An evidence technician took photos of graffiti painted on playground equipment. Police officers used small pieces of paper to mark the locations of ten shell casings found in the alley east of the park until they could be retrieved by police.

• About 5:35 p.m. Saturday, an 18-year-old man was sitting in his car when another man approached and opened fire in the Tri-Taylor neighborhood on the Near Southwest Side, police said. The victim, whose age wasn't immediately available, was hit in the head and arm and taken from the 2100 block of West Polk Street to Stroger Hospital, Purkiss said.

• About 4:35 p.m. Saturday, a 17-year-old was walking in the 200 block of East 61st Street in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side when someone shot him in the upper left leg, Purkiss said. The boy was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

Tribune photographer Chuck Berman contributed.



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