By Jeremy Ross

CHICAGO (CBS)–At least three people were shot in Evanston Thursday afternoon before a man crashed an SUV and tried to take refuge in a Popeye’s restaurant near Howard and Damen.

A red-colored SUV was riddled with bullets when the shooting occurred around 3 p.m.

Evanston police say it was gang-related.

One witness working in the restaurant said Popeye’s employees took action when they noticed the man trying to get inside.

“We heard gunshots and heard the car crash,” said Devlon Lyde. “Then we saw the guy get out of the driver’s seat and try to run into Popeye’s, but we locked the door because we didn’t know what was going on.”

One person was hospitalized in critical condition and all all three of the people who were shot are expected to survive, police said.

They were all transported to Saint Francis Hospital.