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2 men killed in Pilsen shooting

Updated: May 21, 2012 8:14AM

Two men died after being shot early Monday in the Southwest Side Pilsen neighborhood.

The two men, ages 26 an 27, were sitting on the front steps of a house in the 2200 block of South Leavitt Street about 12:40 a.m., when someone approached on foot and shot them, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.

The 26-year-old was shot in the head and was dead on the scene, Zala said.

He was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Alejandro Munoz of the 2300 block of South Oakley Avenue.

The 27-year-old was shot in the abdomen area and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he later died.

He was identified as Esteban Alvaraz, and lived at the house where the shooting occurred, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The two men were outside eating tacos when two other men approached and started talking to them about buying marijuana before shooting them, police said.

Munoz died on the stairs, but Alvaraz ran inside into the kitchen where he collapsed, according to police.

Unconfirmed dispatch reports indicate the wife of one of the men called police to report the shooting.

Area Central detectives are investigating. Police said it appears the shooting was gang-related.

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