Two people are dead and another eight wounded following a shooting near a fast food restaurant in Chicago that sent bystanders scattering, the Associated Press reports. The shooting happened late Thursday near a McDonald’s on the city’s Near North Side, a few blocks from the Magnificent Mile shopping district. One person was taken into custody and a weapon was recovered, police said Details about what led to the shooting weren’t immediately released, but a witness, Deonna Jackson, 18, said the shooting appeared to stem from a fight outside the restaurant. “When the fight first started, we were right next to them,” Deonna Jackson, 18, told the Chicago Sun-Times. ”We had to run because I didn’t want anyone to swing on me.”
The shooting comes amid a surge in deadly Chicago violence in recent years. It follows a deadly shooting last weekend in downtown Millennium Park that killed a teen and led the city to tighten a curfew for young people. As paramedics and officers responded Thursday, a fight erupted between two people across the street from the scene of the shooting, and some people crossed a line of police tape and argued with officers before they were moved away.