Guy Charged With Killing Friend Over Beer Money

Gumaro Torres allegedly shot multiple people in argument
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2013 1:56 PM CDT
Gumaro Torres   (Chicago Police Department)

(Newser) – A summer evening spent drinking in the yard turned fatal Friday night—and all over beer money. Gumaro Torres is accused of murdering one friend and wounding another in the dispute. As the Tribune reports, the 31-year-old was drinking beer with co-workers in the yard of a Chicago home. The group had pooled money to buy the booze, and prosecutors say Torres was angry that he didn't receive any change. They say that after a few beers he headed to his nearby home, retrieved a handgun, returned, and started shooting.

"He was angry that when he returned the victims laughed at him," and "immediately began to fire his gun at Jose De LaFuente," prosecutors say. De LaFuente died of his abdomen wound. As another friend tried to stop Torres, he was shot multiple times and is in critical condition, CBS Chicago reports. A third man was finally able to subdue Torres, though he was pistol-whipped in the process. Torres has been charged with three felonies, including first-degree murder. (Read more shooting stories.)

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