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3 wounded--2 critically--in shooting during robbery at Aurora KFC

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AURORA, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Police are questioning three men after three employees of a fast-food restaurant in west suburban Aurora were shot during an attempted armed robbery Thursday night. Two of the employees were critically hurt.

About 8:30 p.m., two people -- one armed with a rifle -- walked into the KFC in the 1300 block of East New York Street, according to Aurora city spokesman Den Ferrelli.

They ordered three male employees to the front of the store and demanded money, Ferrelli said in a statement. A short time later, “the armed suspect opened fire on the employees.”

Two of the employees, ages 19 and 24, were shot in the torso and were listed in critical condition at Aurora hospitals. As of Thursday afternoon, their conditions had stabilized and they are expected to survive, Ferrelli said.

A 17-year-old boy suffered a “non-life threatening” gunshot wound to his leg, and was released on Friday from a hospital. All three of those shot are from Aurora.

A 36-year-old woman who worked in the restaurant hid in a closet during the robbery and was not injured, Ferrelli said. There were no customers in the store.

After firing shots, the suspects “ran to a car that was parked in a nearby lot and fled without any money from the store,” Ferrelli said.

Responding officers linked two of the suspects, 19- and 26-year-old Aurora men, to a home in the 1100 block of Liberty Street, where they were taken into custody, Ferrelli said.

“Police recovered what they believe to be the rifle used in the crime early this afternoon at the home,” he said. “They also have possession of the vehicle believed used in the commission of the offense.”

A third suspect, a 45-year-old Chicago man, was arrested wityhout incident early Friday afternoon at a motel in the 2300 block of North Farnsworth in Aurora, according to Ferrelli.

All three suspects remain in police custody, though no charges had been filed as of late Friday afternoon.

A 23-year-old Aurora woman was also taken into custody at the Liberty Street home on an unrelated crime, but has not been charged, he said.

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