Marine shot on Chicago's Northwest Side
April 25, 2006 (WLS) -- A Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq was shot on the city's Northwest Side Monday night.
Ricky Martinez, 23, was attacked by a group of men along the busy intersection of Cicero and Addison just before 10 p.m. No suspects are in custody, police said.
Martinez was shot in the head, according to police, while driving with two friends after the Cubs game. He is in critical condition with a bullet lodged in his brain, according to his family. Witnesses said an argument led to the violence.
"He's in a coma, he's not moving or talking. He won't squeeze our hand. His eyes open and shut and roll, but it's not looking too good. The next 72 hours are critical," said Jason Vargas, victim's cousin.
Police are searching for suspects. Officials have not released a motive -- or any details -- in the attack. However, Martinez's family said an argument over a lost cell phone may have led to the violence.
"I hope they catch whoever did this. He didn't deserve that. Bottom line is he didn't deserve it," said Ricky Martinez, Sr., victim's father.
Martinez was stationed in Fallujah for several months and ended his second tour in May 2005. He planned on becoming a police officer, according to his family, who gathered at Illinois Masonic Medical Center waiting for updates on Martinez's condition.
"Why? Why did they do this to my son? He never did anything wrong to anybody. Why him?" Adalila Cruz, victim's mother. "He has a lot of people that love him because that's what he's about. If you know my son, you'll love him."
Martinez is not involved in gangs or anything else, according to his mother.
"He was never into any gangs. He was just a good boy. And for this to happen to him, just terrible," said Cruz.
Martinez's wife, also a Marine, is a New York City police officer. She is headed to Chicago to be with her husband at the hospital.
Chicago police are releasing very few details. They believe that three men ran away from that scene. But at this point they have no descriptions that they are releasing and say no one has been arrested so far.
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