Man held on $1 million bail in deadly West Side shooting

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A West Side man was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail Friday for a shooting that claimed the life of one and injured two others.

Martez Staples shot the three victims after he, another man — believed to be Staples’ uncle — and several others asked the trio if they knew anything about who had beaten up the uncle earlier in a nearby alley, Cook County prosecutors said.

The three victims who were sitting on a porch, in the 1200 block of South Lawndale, said they knew nothing about the beating, prompting one of their confronters to say, “f— them,” Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said.

Then, Staples and two others started shooting that night on Aug. 17, 2013, Santini said.

Willie Bush, 49, suffered 13 gunshot wounds. He died three days later, Santini said.

Another man suffered nine gunshot wounds but survived. A teenager was also wounded with a gunshot to his abdomen, authorities said.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned from one of the victims that Staples was one of the gunmen, Santini said.

Staples, 26, of the 1200 block of South St. Louis Avenue, was arrested this week.

He is a member of the Vice Lords street gang, according to a police report.

Staples has previous convictions for armed robbery and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

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