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Two Men Killed in Separate Shootings Overnight Identified

By Josh McGhee | November 1, 2013 9:03am | Updated on November 1, 2013 7:34pm
 A man in his 20s died after he was shot at Central and Fullerton avenues in Belmont Cragin.
A man in his 20s died after he was shot at Central and Fullerton avenues in Belmont Cragin.
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CHICAGO — A 21-year-old man who was shot to death at a stoplight in Belmont Cragin was one of two men killed overnight, police said.

Shortly after 4 a.m. Friday, two men were sitting in a black Honda Accord at a red light near Central and Fullerton avenues when a car drove up and someone inside opened fire, said Office Amina Greer, a police spokeswoman.

The Accord's driver — later identified as 21-year-old Saul Salgado of the 2100 block of North Laramie Avenue — was hit in his chest and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:48 a.m. Friday.

Tony Curtis, 23, was stocking shelves at a Walgreens across the street when the shooting occurred.

"I heard, 'Help... please help... Oh my God,' then I heard him making loud thumps and stomping," Curtis said. "He was trying to get someone's attention."

Curtis said screams for help and loud banging forced him to peer over the parking lot fence and call the cops.

Curtis originally thought the man screaming had been shot, but later realized there was another victim when paramedics pulled the driver from the car and onto a stretcher.

"I didn't know what was going on until the cops pulled up," Curtis said.

He said the shooting makes him a little nervous, especially working overnight shifts.

"You look over your shoulder a little," he said. "I'm not paranoid, but I feel a little knowing it happened right next door."

About six hours earlier, a 25-year-old man was fatally shot in Auburn Gresham.

The man was in the passenger seat of a car near 86th and Morgan streets about 9:45 p.m. Thursday when he was shot in his shoulder. One of his friends drove him to Little Company of Mary Hospital where he later died, police said.

The man, identified as Marcus Gaiter of the 8600 block of South Morgan Street, died of a single gunshot wound at 11:33 p.m. Thursday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Three other people were shot and wounded overnight, including a man who was shot after shooting at people with a paintball gun, police said.