A documented gang member and his 15-year-old accomplice have been charged after a man was shot in the back during an online meetup that turned into a robbery earlier this week, police said.
Tyreik D.M. Jackson, 21, of Zion, was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm after an arrest warrant was issued on Tuesday.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Team and U.S. Marshals assisted the Zion Police Department in apprehending Jackson, who was taken into custody around 9 a.m. Thursday in the 2900 block of Elisha Avenue.
Jackson was found to be in possession of a Ruger 9mm handgun at the time of his arrest. The handgun will be sent to the Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Lab to determine if it is the same firearm used in the shooting.
On Monday, a Zion Fire-Rescue Department ambulance was at the scene of a medical call near the Dollar General, 2466 Sheridan Road, when a 21-year-old man ran to the area and knocked on the back of the ambulance around 5:30 p.m.
The victim, who had sustained a gunshot wound to the back, told police he was shot in the 2800 block of Elizabeth Avenue during an arranged social media meetup to sell THC vaping cartridges.
“The victim met with the buyer but attempted to flee after a second subject appeared. He was then shot by the second subject,” the Zion Police Department said, later identifying that second subject as Jackson.
The victim suffered a single gunshot wound to the back and was transported by a Flight for Life medical helicopter to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. His injury is believed to be non-life-threatening, police said.
Jackson’s accomplice, a 15-year-old Zion boy, was arrested on Tuesday and referred to the Robert Depke Juvenile Justice Center in Vernon Hills.
Jackson was also charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon after appearing in bond court Thursday. He remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $1 million bond.