CHICAGO (CBS) — A Northwest Side man has been charged with a June attack that killed one man and wounded three others in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood.
Miguel Vazquez, 20, faces one count of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated battery/discharging a firearm, police said.
Vazquez allegedly shot the group on a front porch the night of June 21 in the 2900 block of North Kilpatrick Avenue. According to neighbors, there was a crowd of people standing on the porch just before the shots were fired.
The shooter apparently started firing at the porch then chased people inside the house, according to one neighbor.
Renee Soto, 21, who lived on the block where the shooting happened, was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The attack also wounded a 17-year-old girl who was shot on the side of her head, authorities said.
The three others victims, including the teen girl, were taken with serious injuries to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center after the shooting, police said.
Two to three families lived in the brick bungalow, according to neighbors. Some neighbors had considered reporting that the home might have been overcrowded, but never did.
Neighbors said crying children were taken from the home after the shooting.
“Police pulled a lot of children out of there, some of them were crying and carrying bags of their belongings,” said neighbor Nelson Mojica, who had heard six to 10 shots.
“It sounded like fireworks,” said his wife Danielle Mojica.
Vazquez, of the 2400 block of Neva Avenue, is expected to appear in bond court Wednesday.
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