Police Charge Portage Park Birthday Party Triple Homicide Suspect

Police in Chicago charged a man with murder after he allegedly shot and killed three people after being told to leave a birthday party at a Portage Park bar early on Sunday morning.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Samuel Parsons-Salas, 32, was charged with five crimes: three counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree attempted murder, and one count of kidnapping with a gun.

Before the shooting, witnesses said there was “a disturbance inside” the bar near Central Avenue and School Street, and Parsons-Salas was asked to leave the birthday party going on inside, Brown said. Parsons-Salas had been at the party, but he left to get a gun from his car. Brown said that there was a fight, and then shots were fired.

Police Charge Portage Park Birthday Party Triple Homicide Suspect

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“This is a terrible thing to happen. “It should have never gotten so bad that someone died,” he said.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office said the victims were Ricky Vera, 50, of an unknown address, Mario Pozuelos, 26, of Franklin Park, and Mercedes Tavares, 24, of Chicago Heights. Police say a 25-year-old woman was shot in the head and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition.

Brown said that it was her birthday and that she still fights for her life.

Brown said, “It was heartless,” and he asked the judges to punish the shooter very harshly. “Throw the key away. Get this person off the street. “Throw him the book.”

Brown said that witnesses worked with the police to help find the shooter.

Brown said that Parsons-Salas had been arrested in 2010 for breaking into a home and was released in September of this year. In 2014, the Tribune said that Parsons-Salas had been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with a home invasion.

Brendan Deenihan, the head of the CPD’s detective division, said that after the shooting, Parsons-Salas took a woman with him in his car and drove away. He held the woman against her will. He tried to run away on foot, but police caught him Monday. Deenihan also said that the woman was still with him at the time.

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