Three men were injured after an unidentified person fired a gun into a crowd of people leaving The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., early Sunday morning, May 7.

The shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the 5300 block of S. Lake Park Avenue.

According to the Chicago Police Department, two people with gunshot wounds were self-transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, both in good condition. A third person who suffered gunshot wounds was transported to Provident Hospital in critical condition.

A black Dodge Charger was seen driving away at a high speed, according to CPD. Nobody is in custody.

Jake Austen, The Promontory’s venue manager, said the venue started to close around 2 a.m. and when the shots began people tried to get back in. He said employees did not witness the shooting.

Austen added that employees working Sunday evening did not notice anything unusual, though the venue was at capacity with almost 500 people, which he attributed to it being Cinco De Mayo weekend.

“It didn’t seem to stem from anything that happened inside. Sometimes if people are arguing inside that might be what happens outside … but there wasn’t anything like that on this evening,” he said. “Everybody is frisked, there’s no firearms (allowed) inside the venue,” he added.

The Promontory only staffs security inside the building.

“It’s upsetting to have this happen. We have our staff, and our regulars and our friends are all around, and we have a reputation for being a safe place to go, so we don’t like things to happen outside, but it’s really hard to control what happens,” Austen said.

He noted that throughout the nine years The Promontory has been at that location, there has been only one other shooting in the vicinity, at a food truck in the parking lot to the south of the building in fall 2020, which was unrelated to the venue.

An attendant in that parking lot, who asked not to be identified, said that when he arrived for his shift around 8 a.m. on Monday morning and did a sweep of the lot, he found five bullet casings and two cars with windows shattered and flat tires.

A third car had been towed for damage prior to his shift, the attendant said.

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