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Evergreen Park Man Held on $3M Bail In Fatal Shooting of Pal

Witnesses tell cops Richard L. Magnan was waving gun around and pointing it at friends before gun went off, Chicago Tribune reports.

Evergreen Park Man Held on $3M Bail In Fatal Shooting of Pal

An Evergreen Park man with the words “F--- the World” tattooed across his forehead is being held on $3 million bail in the fatal shooting of a friend over the Fourth of July weekend, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Richard L. Magnan, 35, of Evergreen Park, appeared in bond court on Wednesday afternoon on a charge of first degree murder.

Police said that around 1 a.m. July 5, Magnan shot his friend in the 6200 block of South Austin Avenue in Chicago. Joel Bentley, 30, was discovered in the parking lot of Walgreen’s with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Bentley was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead. Both Bentley and Magnan were alleged members of the “26” street gang.

The men had drinking been at a Fourth of July party near the Walgreens and had walked over to the parking lot, the paper said. Magnan allegedly grabbed a handgun from his car and was waving it around and pointing it at his friends.

The friends told him to put the gun away when it discharged, fatally wounding Bentley in the abdomen.

Police said that witnesses identified Magnan as the person who fired the fatal shot, according to a news advisory from Chicago Police News Affairs.

Magnan has prior convictions for attempted murder in Illinois and unlawful use of a firearm by a felon in Illinois, the Tribune said.

There were 82 shootings in 84 hours in Chicago over the long holiday weekend, 14 of them fatalities.

Via the Chicago Tribune


Original story, Tuesday, July 8 -- An Evergreen Park man has been charged with first degree murder after police said he fatally shot another man in the early morning hours of July 5.

The charges were announced Tuesday evening against Richard L. Magnan, 35, of the 2600 block of West 90th Place, in Evergreen Park.

Around 1 a.m. July 5, Magnan shot a 30-year-old man in the 6200 block of South Austin Avenue in Chicago, police said.

The victim was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead.

The shooting was one of dozens that occurred in Chicago, with 82 people reported shot, 14 of them fatally,   the Chicago Tribune reported.

Five people were shot by police, two of them fatally. The long Fourth of July weekend was one of Chicago's most violent on record.

Patch will update this story when more information becomes available.


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