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Man, 20, charged in fatal Bridgeport shooting held on $2M bail

By Melissa Jenco

Chicago Tribune reporter

6:29 PM CDT, September 2, 2013

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A Cicero man accused of fatally shooting one man and injuring two others during an argument at a weekend party in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood was ordered held on $2 million bail Monday.

Vidal Martinez, 20, of the 1300 block of South 58th Avenue, appeared before Cook County Judge Donald Panarese on a charge of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.

Prosecutors said Martinez is a gang member known as "The Devil" and got into an argument over gang affiliations early Saturday while at a party in the 3800 block of South Halsted Street.

The argument escalated into a fistfight before Martinez shot three people, including Daniel Ortiz, 21, of Monee, who died at the scene, according to police and prosecutors.

Martinez left the party in a car and at some point was being chased by police before his vehicle crashed into a tree in the 4300 block of South Wentworth Avenue, prosecutors said.

Police found a .45-caliber semiautomatic gun in the vehicle and five .45-caliber shell casings at the shooting scene, according to prosecutors.

Martinez apparently shot himself in the leg during the chase and also sustained a head injury from the crash, according to police. He had an injured forehead in court Monday morning.

He is due back in court Tuesday.

mjenco@tribune.com