A shooting at a Starbucks in Chicago has left a man dead and a 12-year-old boy seriously wounded after being hit by a bullet in the groin.
According to police, the incident began about 8.15pm after a drug deal between the gunman and the dead man went wrong in the Uptown area of the city.
The victim, identified by police as Sauvignon Watkins, 28, of Chatham, ran into the Starbucks at Lawrence and Broadway.
Father-of-two Watkins was followed by the masked gunman who fatally shot him and wounded another man and the boy.
Sauvignon Watkins, a father-of-two, was shot dead after he ran into a branch of Starbucks in Chicago. It is believed the killing was the result of a drug deal that went wrong
The shooting took place near the bustling entertainment venues close to Lawrence station, which include the Green Mill jazz club and the Riviera Theatre.
Police said the boy suffered a gunshot wound to the groin and was being treated at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where he is in a good condition
The second man, 24, was shot in the left side and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital, said officers.
Bryan Stroud, 52, had just been at the Starbucks when he stepped outside to say hello to a friend and then seconds later saw a wearing a black mask enter and unload a small-caliber handgun.
‘He walked right in the store and just shot three people,’ Stroud told the Chicago Tribune.
‘We were a little afraid. He could’ve come out and started shooting the crowd. Somebody went off the deep end.’
Stroud said that at one point, people carried the wounded boy and got a passing motorist to rush him to the hospital as someone shouted ‘he’s only a baby!’.