Updated 04/15/11 – 6:21 p.m.
EVANSTON (CBS)– A 16-year-old boy was shot Friday afternoon at a McDonald’s restaurant in north suburban Evanston.
At about 4 p.m., Evanston responded to a call of shots fired at the McDonald’s at 1919 Dempster St. and found a 16-year-old boy had been shot in his left midsection, according to Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther.
Paramedics took the teen to Evanston Hospital in stable condition, according to Fire Chief Greg Klaiber.
Dick Peach, General Manager of Dempster Auto Builders at 2001 Dempster St., told WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody that he heard no shots but saw a flood of Evanston police and fire units surround the fast food restaurants where students often gather from a nearby high school.
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“We were sitting here in the office and the next thing we heard, it sounded the entire police force was descending on our corner here,” he said. “There were police cars everywhere; ambulances, everything.”
Peach said Dempster Street, a major east west artery in the surburb, was blocked off during the investigation but was reopened after about an hour.
Witnesses provided police with descriptions of the offenders and after canvassing the area, police brought in five “persons of interest” for questioning, according to Guenther.
Police were also reviewing surveillance video footage from the scene of the shooting.
Officers also recovered a handgun under a wooden deck in a yard where one of the suspects had been picked up, according to Guenther.
No charges had been filed as of 6 p.m.