Three people were taken to area hospitals with cuts and bruises Monday afternoon after Elk Grove Village police responded to a violent altercation behind a Chinese restaurant.
Police found two victims with multiple stab wounds at the scene and a third injured person inside the business.
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A female victim is recovering from knife wounds at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, while two male victims, one of whom is in police custody, were taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, Elk Grove Village Fire Chief Bill Balling said.
One male victim had been sliced, while the male suspect under police guard had more bruises than cuts, Balling said.
"I believe they are not life-threatening (injuries)," Balling said, adding that he believed none of the victims had been released from the hospitals as of late afternoon.
The identities of those involved were being withheld Monday and the fight remains under investigation, police said.
All three of the injured reportedly are employees of the China Bowl restaurant, 124 Turner Ave., at the south end of the Turner Plaza strip mall. The mall runs north and south at a right angle behind a Brown's Chicken and Pasta restaurant on Devon Avenue.
The altercation apparently happened near the restaurant's kitchen by the back door leading outside, Balling said.
Police and paramedics initially had problems understanding the victims as they spoke in Mandarin, Balling said.
"It was hard to communicate with the parties," he said. "We had to get a Mandarin translator."
Elk Grove police officers and evidence technicians remained throughout the afternoon at the back of the restaurant, which is separated from neighboring residential backyards by a tall wooden fence. An open green lawn chair stood just outside the restaurant's back door.
Steven Markos, who runs A&A Quality Cleaners in the strip mall, said he saw the restaurant's owner having his head and midsection bandaged before being taken from the scene. The owner is in his 40s and has a wife of approximately the same age, Markos said. He did not see the second man reportedly involved in the fight.
Police said they have located all parties involved in the disturbance and are not looking for any other suspects.