A 66-year-old man is accused of fatally shooting four people in a Chicago condominium as they sat down to dinner, and then going upstairs and killing a fifth person, authorities said.
Krysztof Marek, 66, was charged with five felony counts of first-degree murder stemming from the Saturday incident, WGN-TV reported.
Judge John Lyke, who presided over the bond court when Marek appeared Monday, denied bail and said, "What I just heard is evil on steroids," the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Police said they found two notes in Marek's apartment, written in Polish, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“Tomorrow!! No Mercy, Without any stupid hesitation!!!” one note read in part, prosecutors told the newspaper.
Jolanta Topolska, 53, and Tsvetanka Kostadinova, believed to be in her early to mid-30s, were two of the victims, the Tribune reported. Relatives identified the third victim as David Hanik, 61, of Arlington Heights. Hanik’s brothers, Ron and Rich, identified him to the Tribune. A 65-year-old woman and a man in his early to mid-40s were also killed but have not yet been publicly identified, the newspaper reported.
Crosses set up in front of the building identified two of the victims as Danail Mladenov and Ivaylo Popov, WBBM reported.
According to a tweet from Chicago police, the incident was the result of a dispute between Marek and his neighbors, the television station reported.
Krysztof Marek, 66, has been charged with five felony counts of first degree murder in the deaths of five people shot dead in the Northwest Side's Dunning neighborhood over the weekend. https://t.co/RkVACfQrlL— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) October 14, 2019
Police said Marek, a retired construction worker and a former president of the condominium's association, opened fire with a handgun around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, WGN reported.
“When he walked into that neighbor’s apartment, there were four people at the table eating dinner. For reasons we don’t yet know, he opened fire on all four of those individuals, killing them all,” Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio told the television station.
After that, police said Marek went upstairs to the third floor of the condominium and fatally shot another woman.
According to a police report, officers encountered Marek outside the condominium with his arms raised, the Tribune reported. He then allegedly led police to a handgun in his living room, the newspaper reported.
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