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Park Forest Man Charged with Murder After Gas Station Shooting

The owner of the gas station told Tribune reporters the shooter waited for police to arrive.

A Park Forest man was charged with murder after the Tuesday morning shooting death of Robert Fortson of Chicago Heights at a local gas station, according to police.

Dennis Joyner, 60, was in a dispute with Fortson over a rental property that Joyner owned, police learned during their investigation. The dispute ended with Joyner shooting Fortson several times at the Mobil gas station in the 400 block of Lincoln Highway, according to Head of Detectives Joseph Bruni.

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The State's Attorney's office has charged Joyner with first degree murder. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office ruled the death a homicide from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police were initially called just before 11 a.m. on Sept. 11 about a shooting at the gas station. When they arrived police found Fortson, 40, in the parking lot with several gunshot wounds, according to police.  personnel took Fortson to St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights where he was pronounced dead on arrival, according to police.

Mobil store owner Mike Husain told Chicago Tribune reporters the shooter, who had not been identified as Joyner, was buying a newspaper and paying for gas when Fortson walked in.

The two got into an argument and the gunman chased Fortson into the parking lot before shooting him several times. The gunman then waited for police to arrive, Husain said.

Joyner is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing at Markham Courthouse Sept. 13 at 9 a.m.

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monique October 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Omg....JERMAINE???? Does anyone know if thats him
monique October 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Okay so I read the comments and it hurts me that's him...but i'm more pissed at the know it all asses on here that support this murderer!! Obviously Miss graduate of law there, needs to go back to school then because she falls short of realization that it does not matter what Jermaine said or did, HE DID the right thing which was to walk away from that loon
monique October 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM
And what ends up happening to him?? He loses his life!! Get a clue already!!
heardaboutit October 30, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Fortner said he was going to his car to get his gun from the trunk. Fortner had broken into Joyner's house many times, trashing the place, and had threatened his life many times before - as reported to me by a relative.
tanja wells (i am ma brother keeper) April 07, 2014 at 01:17 AM
Man fuck wat y'all saying mfs was petty ass he'll fa wat he did to ma brother bitch u going to he'll fa wat u did bitch u gne die in jail bitch two days after ma bday smdh ♥R.i.p big bro ♡

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