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Brawl at Wrigleyville pizza parlor gains traction online

April 10, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

The average Wrigleyville bar fight is often sparked by an age-old dispute: Cubs versus White Sox. But the brawl that broke out at a neighborhood Bacci Pizzeria on a recent morning was likely over a spilled drink, according to the store owner.

Video of the fight, which was shot and uploaded to YouTube on March 24, and dissected on Deadspin on Wednesday, depicts three men dueling it out with the store’s metal chairs in the early morning. The video was also linked to on the Chicago Reddit page.

Amid shouts from pizzeria patrons, the video shows, one man pulls another to the ground by his face, while a third begins beating the first with a chair. The first man retaliates, scooping up a second metal chair with one hand and hitting his attacker.

None of the store’s furniture was damaged, according to the store owner, and some people involved left before police officers arrived.

According to the police report, two women in their twenties received medical treatment from an ambulance at the pizzeria after the fight. The women told police officers that two unknown women started the fight by pushing and punching them, at which point two men jumped in and also began punching them. At that point, the police report says, a third man, who is listed as a victim, joined the fight and was also battered.

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