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3 people injured in shooting at Northwest Side event – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A memorial for a family member on the northwest side of Chicago ended with three people shot dead early Sunday morning at an event space that may not have been legally licensed to host the event.

R&R Events Venue, the local event space in the Old Irving Park neighborhood, has been closed as police investigate after the event which was supposed to be a birthday party for a loved one who was killed last year s turned into a shootout. The Chicago Buildings Department has posted a sign that reads “Do Not Enter” from now until further notice.

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There was a huge police presence just after 1am when three people were shot.

“All we hear is shooting, said a guest at the event. “Tables were knocked over, food was on the floor, like everything – handbags, coats, everything – was left on the floor because people felt for their lives that they were trying to get out.”

She asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals.

“It all happened so fast that we were having a great time, you know, dancing, everything and it was like an argument that broke out,” she said.

A 29-year-old man, a 30-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were all taken to Masonic Medical Center in Illinois and are expected to be fine.

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“I saw people having conversations and I didn’t expect it to change and be like this,” the woman said.

CBS 2 reviewed the city’s active business licenses and found no business or event space listings for the venue, though the manager said the space’s purpose was clear with its owner.

This is the second shooting in possibly illegal event space in two months. The other fatal shooting took place in December when a 19-year-old was killed and four others were injured at a party at what appears to be a computer store.

“I have never experienced or seen anything firsthand like what I saw this morning or last night,” the guest said.

Meanwhile, the police are still looking for the person responsible for the shooting.

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CBS 2 contacted Ald. Gardiner to see if he has any plans to monitor illegal event spaces, but has yet to hear back.