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Man Killed Dice Rival Who Pistol-Whipped Him During Game, Prosecutors Say

By Erica Demarest | August 19, 2017 8:46am | Updated on August 25, 2017 11:54am
 Shaqir Mustapha (left) was arrested in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Aug. 1. A warrant was issued July 10 for Mustapha in the shooting death of Jeremy Ray (right) of Roseland.
Shaqir Mustapha (left) was arrested in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Aug. 1. A warrant was issued July 10 for Mustapha in the shooting death of Jeremy Ray (right) of Roseland.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man who was pistol-whipped during a 2016 dice game got his revenge by killing his attacker, shooting him 15 times before fleeing the city, prosecutors said Friday.

But police caught up with him this month, prosecutors said.

Accused gunman Shaqir Mustapha, 20, was arrested on a warrant in Minnesota earlier this month after more than a year on the lam. He was caught Aug. 1 on new gun and drug charges.

Mustapha appeared Friday in bond court, where Cook County Judge James Brown denied him bail.

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According to prosecutors, Mustapha and victim, Jeremy Ray, 27, were playing dice with several other people in the 8900 block of South Brandon Avenue on June 10, 2016, when the pair got into an argument.

Ray pistol-whipped Mustapha before friends broke up the fight, and Mustapha left the area, Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Santini said Friday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 2650 S. California Ave.

Mustapha returned to the scene five or six hours later, prosecutors said, and asked Ray if he had change for $10. As Ray reached into his pocket, Mustapha pulled out a gun and shot him 15 times in his chest, abdomen, arms and legs, Santini said.

Several people witnessed the shooting, and Chicago police officers recovered 10 .40-caliber shell casings. According to prosecutors, the slaying was captured on surveillance footage.

Ray was rushed to Advocate Trinity Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:27 p.m. that evening, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Police issued a warrant for Mustapha, of Roseland, on July 1, 2016. He was extradited to Chicago Thursday. Mustapha is charged with first-degree murder.