Person of interest interviewed in Belmont Cragin shooting that left 3 dead – NBC Chicago

Chicago police have confirmed a person of interest is being questioned in connection with a shooting outside a bar in Belmont Cragin that left three people dead and a fourth seriously injured over the weekend.

Authorities say the shooting happened near the Vera Salon, located in the 3200 block of North Central Avenue, just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

An argument reportedly escalated into gunfire, with three victims declared dead and a fourth still in critical condition at an area hospital.

Meanwhile, a memorial stands at the scene of the deadly attack.

“It’s crazy. You don’t think about things like that, especially celebrating a birthday. I know some people. I know the brother and cousin of the gentleman who was killed. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone,” a- he added. said a man named Manny.

Her daughter goes to preschool right across from where the shooting happened along the sidewalk.

“I know this girl has two kids I think, and she’s passed away. It’s just crazy, like I said, I’m doing everything I can to keep my kids safe,” Manny said. .

Police say the shooting began as an argument a block away at a birthday party inside the Vera Lounge.

The victims are identified as Mercedes Tavares, 24, Mario Pozuelos, 26, and Ricky Vera, 50, who NBC 5 learned was the brother of the bar owner.

A 25-year-old woman was shot in the head and rushed to hospital in critical condition.

“There were arguments and fights in this parking lot here at 2, 3 a.m. and it’s business-related,” said Michael Angelo, who lives nearby.

Neighbors who live near Vera Lounge tell us on and off camera that they fear the area is becoming more dangerous. They want to see an end to the violence and justice for those who have been shot and killed.

“I hope you know families can heal. It’s the holidays.” Manny said. “It’s time to celebrate the people we love and some people are going to take people down.”

NBC Chicago

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