Police: 1 dead, 4 wounded after shooters target diner sitting outside Morgan Park pancake house

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CHICAGO — Chicago police say multiple shooters opened fire at a man dining outside a Morgan Park pancake house Sunday afternoon, killing him and wounding four others.

A 31-year-old man was dining under a tent outside the Lumes Pancake House near 116th Street and Western Avenue around 1:45 p.m. Sunday when police say a white SUV pulled up and “multiple offenders” exited before firing shots, killing him and wounding four other adult diners.

“This place is a staple Sunday afternoon brunch dining,” street pastor Donovan Price said. “It’s unfortunate now even the places we might relax some solace are now places of violence.”

A family member later identified the 31-year-old man as Devon Welsh of South Shore, and said he was eating with his girlfriend and three-week-old baby at the time. Police said they believe he was the intended target of the shooting.

Two women and one man were taken to Christ Hospital in critical condition, and the man has since been updated to stable. A 30-year-old woman was also taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in good condition.

Trevaugn Roberson said his 42-year-old cousin was one of the victims hit by gunfire.

“I just hope for better days really maybe it can stop but at least slow down because like she said a normal day out with your son having a bite to eat something like this happens,” Roberson said.

Martin Punte, who works as a cook at the Lumes Pancake House, said he heard gunfire from an “assault rifle type” weapon, and later saw tables and chairs flipped over and one man dead inside the tent.

“It was very scary; a lot of people were running inside to the coolers in the restaurant,” Punte said.

Police said they have no suspects in custody. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to leave an anonymous tip at cpdtip.com.

Since 5 p.m. Friday, Chicago police reported 36 separate shooting incidents, with 48 victims (including 2 police officers), nine of whom died.

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