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Suburban man charged in slaying at Bridgeport hotdog stand

Updated: May 26, 2013 5:59PM

A Midlothian man has been arrested for a shooting last fall at a Bridgeport hot dog stand that left one man dead and a second paralyzed.

Randy Edmondson, 27, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery for the Sept. 30 shooting at Johnny O’s hotdog stand in the 900 block of W. 35th Street. An arrest warrant was issued for Edmondson in November, and records show he was picked up Saturday in Danville.

Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Dibler said Edmondson got in a fight with a witness at the stand early that morning before he shot Jose Escobar, 25, in the face and a second man, now 36, twice in the back and once in the left shoulder.

Escobar was pronounced dead, and the second victim was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Dibler said there are witnesses to the shooting, and the preceding fight was caught on surveillance video.

Dibler said Edmondson fled to a witness’s home — where he said he “f----- up,” according to court records — and found a ride to 47th and the Dan Ryan Expressway.

Edmondson is being held without bail for the murder charge, and Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered him held in lieu of $2 million bail for the other charges.

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