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Police: Man reacts to Father's Day snub with drive-by shooting

By Rosemary Regina Sobol

Tribune reporter

2:28 PM CDT, June 18, 2013

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A man shot and wounded another man in a drive-by on the West Side because "someone had to pay" after he was not allowed to see his child on Father's Day, police said.

Xavier Guzman, 25, whose nickname is "Lil Bin Laden," has been charged with aggravated battery with a handgun and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Guzman, of the 900 block of North Kedvale Avenue, is accused of shooting a 21-year-old man in the 2700 block of West 16th Street in the Douglas Park neighborhood early Monday, police said.

After his arrest, Guzman told officers he had an argument with the child's mother after she refused to let him to see the child, according to a police report. He told police he became "enraged" and "wanted to take it out on someone," the report said.

Around 12:15 a.m. Monday, Ogden District beat officers heard two gunshots in the 1600 block of South California Avenue and saw a white SUV traveling south at a high rate of speed. Officers followed and saw Guzman toss a gun out of the driver's side window in the 3100 block of West 23rd Street, according to the report.

The gun, a .38-caliber handgun, was recovered and Guzman was placed into custody after his SUV crashed.

Officers went to Mount Sinai Hospital and learned a man had gone there after being shot in the 2700 block of West 16th Street, police said.

The victim, from the Douglas Park neighborhood, was standing on a sidewalk when the SUV stopped and the driver said to him: "What's up b----?" while pointing the gun at him and a friend, according to a police report.

Guzman then fired several times, striking the 21-year-old man in the right forearm. His condition was stabilized at Mount Sinai, according to the report.

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