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Person shot at Steak ‘n Shake drive-thru in Batavia

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Police have identified a person of interest in a shooting that left one person wounded Tuesday evening in the drive-thru lane of a fast food restaurant in west suburban Batavia.

Officers responded about 6:25 p.m. to a call of a shooting at the Streak ‘n Shake restaurant at 1901 McKee St. after medical staff at a local hospital reported that a male patient said he’d been shot in the leg while waiting in the drive-thru lane, according to Batavia police.

The male, whose age wasn’t immediately known, was parked in the drive-thru when he and the other people in his vehicle started arguing with another male in a red sedan, police said. The male in the red sedan then fired shots, striking the victim in the upper left leg.

He was treated at the hospital and released, police said.

Following the shooting, the shooter’s sedan crashed into an unoccupied vehicle in the restaurant’s parking lot, police said. The car, which is believed to have sustained damage to the front passenger bumper and fender, eventually drove off from the scene.

The weapon that was believed to be used in the shooting was located at the scene. The vehicle was later located in a parking lot for the Lorlyn of Batavia Apartments on Lorlyn Circle, police said.

Police and the Kane County SWAT team executed search warrants for the vehicle and the residence associated with it.

Interviews and a photo lineup with victims and witness were conducted and confirmed “a strong person of interest,” police said.

No one was in custody as of Tuesday evening. An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

The Steak ‘n Shake has since reopened, police said.