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Man charged in fatal Melrose Park shooting

A man has been charged with murder for a shooting that left a man dead and a 14-year-old boy critically injured early Tuesday in west suburban Melrose Park, police said.

Ellezer Torres, 22, was charged Wednesday with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, according to Melrose Park police.

A gunman approached a vehicle in the 1100 block of 24th Avenue at 12:32 a.m. and began firing into it, police said in a statement. A 21-year-old man and 14-year-old boy inside the vehicle were shot.

Francisco Diaz, 21, was taken to Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, where he was pronounced dead at 1:05 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Diaz lived on the same block where the shooting happened.

The boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Torres, of Westchester, is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Thursday morning in Maywood.