10 injured in attack at Tinley Park restaurant
Ten people were injured this afternoon when a large group of people wielding bats and hammers burst into a south suburban restaurant and attacked a group of diners, according to officials and witnesses.
The incident occurred around 12:45 p.m. at the Ashford House Restaurant at 7959 W. 159th St. in Tinley Park, according to police and Mayor Ed Zabrocki.
The mayor said about 12 to 15 people were having a meeting inside the restaurant when another group of 15 to 18 people, wearing hooded black jackets, attacked them.
Zabrocki said it was not yet clear what connection there is between the two groups or what the motive may have been for the attack.
Three people were taken to area hospitals while the remaining victims refused medical attention, police said.
Five people believed to have been involved were being held at the Tinley Park police station this afternoon, according to Zabrocki.
A long-time waitress, who declined to give her name, said of the melee: “It was the scariest frickin’ day of my life.”
The woman later said outside the restaurant that she first noticed the group of victims in the parking lot around 12:30 p.m., milling around some cars with out-of-state plates.
The woman said they came to the restaurant as part of a reservation for 20 people, but none of them seemed to know each other.
She also said that she was a little wary of the diners because they told her they were part of an Irish heritage group, though none spoke in an Irish dialect or with an accent.
She went to the back of the restaurant to make salads and told another waitress to let her know if there was any trouble with the group.
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Black Hooded Group Attacks Patrons With Bats at Tinely Park Restaurant
Witnesses say up to 20 people dressed in black and wearing black hoods walked into Ashford House around 12 noon and began attacking patrons with bats and hammers.
Updated at 3:01 p.m.
Although Patch editors were in the area of the Ashford House around 3 p.m., no members of the media were being allowed on the scene.
Officers at the Tinley Park Police Department declined to comment on details of the incident or the nature of victims' injuries. Records staff members said they were unsure if a press conference would be held later in the day, but department officials will be sending information as it becomes available.
In the mean time, reporters were being asked to assemble at the nearby NuMark Credit Union, 8001 West 159th St.
Updated at 2:38 p.m.
Up to 20 people clad in black clothing and wearing black hoods walked into the Ashford House Restaurant in Tinley Park and began attacking patrons inside the restaurant with baseball bats and hammers witnesses said.
The attack took place around noon Saturday. Ambulances were called to the scene for “multiple battery victims.” Tinley Park police were still on the scene as of 2:50 p.m.
Lauryn Drozd, 22, was attending a wedding shower at Ashford House located at 7959 W. 159th St. when the incident occurred.
“About 10 to 15 people dressed entirely in black began hitting people with hammers and bats,” Drozd said. “They had hoods up.”
She added that it appeared the black-hooded group was targeting a specific person but she was not sure if it was their intent.
It was not known Saturday at 2:30 p.m. if the attack was related to the NATO summit taking place in Chicago this weekend or if could gang related.
Patch editor Nick Swedberg is on the scene.