Prosecutors said that a Gurnee man cried out “Oh my God, I didn’t mean to” and “Don’t die” after he discharged a pistol, fatally striking a woman at a Gurnee residence.
Isaiah J. Cole, 19, of Gurnee, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm without a FOID card, three counts of unlawful possession of a control substance, and two counts of unlawful possession of cannabis.
Cole was charged in connection with the shooting of Ameyah T. Brewton, 21, of Gurnee, which occurred around 12:10 a.m. Sunday in the 600 block of Creekside Circle in Gurnee.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Tara Ferrari said that Cole racked the slide on a semi-automatic pistol and ejected a bullet in the gun’s chamber.
He then removed the gun’s magazine and reinserted it before the gun fired, Ferrari said. Brewton was struck in the arm and rib cage by the round.
Cole cried out “Oh my God, I didn’t mean to” and “Don’t die” after the shooting, according to witnesses. Ferrari said that Cole thought the gun had been cleared.
Police officers performed CPR on Brewton and paramedics with the Gurnee Fire Department transported her to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
She was later pronounced dead, according to Gurnee Police Department Public Information Officer Shawn Gaylor.
Cole was taken into custody by responding officers inside the home and detectives interviewed him along with witnesses at the scene.
Detectives learned that Cole and Brewton were in a domestic relationship, Gaylor said.
Police also found Cole in possession of ecstasy, Xanax and 100-500 grams of cannabis, court records show.
Cole remains held in the Lake County jail on a $750,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Friday.