3 killed, 1 critically wounded in mass shooting on Northwest Side

CHICAGO (CBS) – Three people are dead and another is in critical condition following a mass shooting at a birthday party on the city’s Northwest Side early Sunday morning.

The shooting happened at the Vera Lounge, located in the 5500 block of West School Street around 2:26 a.m.

Family and friends of 25-year-old Mariah Vera gathered for her birthday celebration inside the lounge. Police said an argument inside the bar turned into a fight that spilled outside in the street – that’s when a man fired shots and fled in a dark-colored SUV.

The victims have since been identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Ricky Vera, 50, whose brother owns the bar, was shot in the head and chest and was pronounced dead on the scene.

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