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Police tape surrounds sectiChestnut Street State Street Gold Coast where man was shot early Tuesday Oct. 16 2012. | Stefano

Police tape surrounds a section of Chestnut Street at State Street in the Gold Coast, where a man was shot early Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. | Stefano Esposito photo

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Updated: October 16, 2012 10:20AM

A man was wounded in a shooting Tuesday morning in the Gold Coast neighborhood.

The man was shot in the thigh about 5 a.m. in the 0-100 block of East Chestnut, said police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro, citing preliminary information.

He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital is an unidentified condition, Alfaro said.

Stefano Kontos, whose family owns the Tempo Cafe near where the shooting occurred, wasn’t in his restaurant at the time, but his employees told him later that the victim had been in earlier Tuesday morning, eating breakfast with two women.

“There was nothing to indicate any kind of problem with anyone,” Kontos said.

The three customers left, and then a little while later, a dishwasher at the restaurant saw the victim sitting in a chair outside the eatery, Kontos said. The victim asked the dishwasher to call police and an ambulance.

Kontos said none of his employees recalled hearing any gunshots, although workers in two area businesses told the Chicago Sun-Times they heard multiple shots.

“I hit the wrong button on the register because I heard the shot,” said Joe Popa, who was working the cash register at Frenchy’s adult bookstore on State. “I actually heard three shots, like ‘Pop! Pop! Pop!” in quick succession.”

Kontos said he was left stunned by the incident.

“We’ve been in business for 30 years,” he said. “It’s the first time anything like this has happened. I’m shocked.”

No one was in custody Tuesday morning, but unconfirmed dispatch reports indicated police were searching for a man in a blue hoodie who fled the scene.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire

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