Shooting along Austin Boulevard likely done in retaliation: police

Previous dispute between victim, shooter/s may have sparked killing

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By DEVIN ROSE

The June 16 shooting death of a 25-year-old Chicago man at Chicago Avenue and Austin Boulevard may have escalated from a previous dispute between the victim and the person or people involved, according to police.

But they don't believe there's any connection between the death of Ramen S. Griffin, who was shot to death last Saturday, and a 31-year-old Chicago man that Griffin allegedly stomped on after the Fourth of July fireworks last year in Oak Park.

Police Sgt. Michael Lepczynski would not say whether the victim of that attack is being interviewed. The victim had fallen as he was being chased by Griffin before the attack, which kept him in the hospital for two nights. Griffin, of the 600 block of North Austin Boulevard, was charged with battery.

Last Saturday, Griffin was found lying in the 700 block of North Austin Boulevard shortly after 6:30 a.m. and had suffered what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. According to a statement from police, officers responded to a report of the shooting and found Griffin lying in the street at Austin Boulevard near Chicago Avenue. Paramedics from Oak Park determined he was deceased.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Officer ruled the death a homicide.

The investigation is in its early stages, according to a statement released by police on June 18. Witnesses reported seeing a man running from the scene shortly after the shooting. Police are continuing to collect evidence and conduct interviews in the surrounding area and with those who may have known Griffin. Lepczynski said there are no suspects.

Anyone with information about the shooting is being urged to call Oak Park police at 708-386-3800. For anonymous tips: 708-434-1636 or online at www.oak-park.us/police.

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