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Man Charged In Chicago Lawn Slaying, Uptown Shooting

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CHICAGO (CBS) – A Chicago man has been charged with murder and attempted murder, after killing a convenience store clerk in Chicago Lawn, and shooting another man in Uptown on Tuesday.

Joey Jones, 31, was ordered held without bond in court Wednesday afternoon. Police said he has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 57-year-old Omar Maslat, a cashier at a convenience store in the 2400 block of West 63rd Street. He’s also been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of 50-year-old Brion Payne in Uptown.

Jones allegedly shot Maslat during a dispute over merchandise outside the store around 6:10 a.m. Tuesday. Maslat had tried to block Jones’ path when he tried to leave the store, but Jones pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest, police said.

Maslat, of Bridgeview, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 7 a.m., according to the Cook County medical Examiner’s office.

Less than four hours later, Jones also allegedly shot Payne in an Uptown parking lot. Police said, after the convenience store shooting, Jones drove to the 4500 block of North Broadway, where he shot Payne in the head.

Payne, a father of 10, was just trying to get coffee at a nearby Dunkin Donuts at the time.

“He is a loving guy,” said his daughter, Tyshayna Culpepper. “He’s a good person, and it kind of sucks that somebody would do something like that.”

Payne’s girlfriend, Jessica Rosado, said “he’d come home every day from work, spend time with his kids, go work, come home. I don’t know why somebody would do this to him.”

Payne was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was in serious condition Wednesday morning.

Police took Jones into custody after finding the getaway car – a banged-up Ford Crown Victoria – near his home in the 3000 block of West Armitage Avenue. Detectives questioned him for 12 hours before charging him in both shootings.