3 fatally shot following Chicago bar fight, another woman was critically injured

Three people were killed and a fourth was critically wounded after a gunman opened fire on a group of people outside of a Chicago bar on the Northwest Side early Sunday, authorities said.

The shooting in the Cragin neighborhood came after a fight inside the bar spilled outside onto the street in the 5500 block of West School Street around 2:26 a.m., Chicago Police Commander Joseph Brennan said.

Police said someone opened fire and struck two men and two women before fleeing the scene in a 2002 navy blue Ford Explorer with Illinois license plate CQ39703. The SUV had aftermarket rims and a broken driver's side headlight, police said.

Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said Ricky Vera, 50, and Mario Pozuelos, 26, were shot in the head and body and pronounced dead at the scene. Mercedes Tavares, 24, was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center and pronounced dead, police and the medical examiner’s office said.


The second woman, a 25-year-old, was taken to the same hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to her head, authorities said.

Brennan provided few details Sunday of the shooting, saying the investigation remained active as detectives canvassed the area for surveillance footage and eyewitnesses.

Police say the shooter got away. There was no gun recovered on scene, but detectives have found multiple bullet casings.

No one was in custody and Area Five detectives were investigating.