Cicero Man Charged in Shooting Girlfriend

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On Saturday, January 27th 2018 between 11:30pm and midnight, suspect Mario Scott, 38, a convicted felon, was playing dominos and drinking with his girlfriend, Romance Martin, 33, in their residence at 2222 S. 58th Ave. in Cicero, Illinois. During the game, Mario Scott suddenly left the table and went into his bedroom. Shortly after, Scott came out of the bedroom with a 22 caliber semi-automatic handgun and began shooting at Romance Martin, who sustained 11 gunshot wounds to the midsection of her body. There were six children in the home at the time of the shooting. Mario Scott asked two eldest children, ages 11 and 14, to help him escort Romance Martin into his vehicle while the other four children watched the incident unfold. The other four children, ages 1, 4, 7 and 10, remained at the home with the two oldest children while Mario Scott drove Romance Martin to Stroger Hospital. Chicago Police began the investigation of the gunshot victim at the hospital, and the investigation led them back to the Town of Cicero. Police said Mario Scott prevented his children from making an emergency 9-1-1 call. Mario Scott took a cell phone away from the eldest daughter when she attempted to dial 9-1-1 when the initial incident occurred.  The Cicero Police took the six children into protective custody and DCFS was contacted facilitating a safety plan for their care. Early morning on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Mario Scott was charged with one count of Attempted Murder and one count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm.  Doctors performed several surgeries on Romance Martin and she remains in critical condition at the hospital.

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