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Chicago Man Attacks Neighbor With Chainsaw During Fight

Some of the victim's fingers were nearly sliced off, police said

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    Chicago Police said two men got into a fight early Wednesday in the Washington Heights neighborhood, and one man pulled out a chainsaw. Anthony Ponce reports.

    Two neighbors got into a fight early Wednesday morning on Chicago's South Side, police said, and one man attacked the other with a chainsaw.

    The attack happened just before 2 a.m. in the backyard of a home on the 1000 block of West 103rd Street in the Washington Heights neighborhood.

    Police said Preston Smith and his neighbor were hanging out late into the night when they got into some sort of altercation. The neighbor pulled out a chainsaw and wound up slicing Smith's neck and hands, nearly slicing off some of the man's fingers.

    Smith, 55, was rushed to Advocated Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was listed Wednesday morning in stable condition. Police News Affairs said his fingers were still attached but dangling.

    The neighbor wasn't in police custody by late morning, but officers said they know exactly who they are looking for.

    Family and authorities said the two have been friends for a long time and the altercation was likely the result of a drunken fight.

    Police called it an isolated incident between acquaintances and said the neighbor is not a danger to the community.