By Rosemary Regina Sobol
5:53 PM CDT, March 17, 2013
A 15-year-old boy shot in the head and a 44-year-old restaurant employee who was shot in the neck while working are among five people injured this afternoon in three separate West Side shootings.
At 4:07 p.m. a shooting erupted outside of the Original Maxwell Street eatery in the 600 block of South Sacramento Boulevard, police said.
A man working inside was shot in the neck when a bullet pierced the restaurant, according to a Harrison District police lieutenant. The man was in critical condition, according to the lieutenant.
The second victim was a man was shot in the shoulder outside the restaurant, according to the lieutenant.
Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said the 22-year-old man was wounded in the left shoulder and his condition had stabilized at Mount Sinai Hospital.
The worker was taken to a hospital by a Chicago Fire Department ambulance while the other victim showed up at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to police.
Fire department spokesman Will Knight said the victim they treated was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.
"He's a great worker," said Original Maxwell Street Asst. Manager Fred Gonzalez of the victim, who is in his 40s and also has a side job delivering the Chicago Tribune.
"I don't know the details," said Gonzalez, who added that the establishment had closed for the day after the tragedy.
Zala said the man shot in the neck is 44.
No arrests have been made, the lieutenant said.
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and seriously wounded during a separate shooting that happened at 4:22 p.m. in the 2800 block of South Spaulding Avenue, according to Zala.
Knight said that victim was also taken to Mount Sinai in serious to critical condition.
Shot rang out at 4:55 p.m., wounding two people during a third attack in the 1600 block of South Millard Avenue, said Zala.
One person was wounded in the leg while the other was shot in the foot, according to Zala, who said the two were in good condition.
Hospital information was not available immediately.
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