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By Devin Rose
The shooting death Saturday of a 25-year-old Chicago man on the city's border with Oak Park may have escalated from a previous dispute in Chicago between the victim and the person or people involved, police said in a statement Monday.
But they don't believe there's any connection between the death of Ramen S. Griffin, of the 600 block of North Austin Boulevard, 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 was charged with battery.
On 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. Oak Park paramedics determined he was deceased. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Officer ruled the death a homicide.
The investigation is in its early stages, the statement said. 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. Anonymous tips may be made by calling 708-434-1636 or online at www.oak-park.us/police.
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