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Three men were shot inside Pumpkin's Place restaurant Friday night 1426 S. 5th Ave. Maywood. | phoby ReemAmin/for Sun-Times Media

Three men were shot inside the Pumpkin's Place restaurant Friday night at 1426 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood. | photo by Reema Amin/for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 22, 2014 4:11PM

Three men were shot by a gunman wearing a ski mask as they ate inside a restaurant Friday in west suburban Maywood, officials said.

The shooting happened about 5:45 p.m. at Pumpkin’s Place, 1426 S. 5th Ave., according to Maywood Police Officer Pirsia Allen. When officers arrived at the scene they found two men bleeding outside the restaurant, Allen said. A third man was taken to a hospital “by a citizen” before officers arrived, he added.

Each man suffered a single gunshot wound; a 26-year-old was shot in the stomach, the second, 24, was hit in the right arm while the third person, 53, was shot in the right thigh, Allen said.

All three were taken to Loyola University Medical Center in “stable” condition, Allen said. He added that the 53-year-old was taken to the hospital separately “by a citizen.”

The shooter, who was wearing a ski mask, opened the restaurant’s door and “just started shooting,” Allen said.

No one is in custody Friday night as Maywood police investigate.

Contributing: Reema Amin

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