An 18-year-old man is being held on a $3 million bond after he was charged with the murder of a 14-year-old boy who was shot multiple times at a gas station in North Chicago Sunday evening.
Amireon C. Williams, 18, of North Chicago, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of obstructing justice.
The charges against Williams stem from the fatal shooting of Lavon’ta Brown, 14, of North Chicago, who the coroner’s office said died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.
Assistant State’s Attorney Lindsay Hicks said during a Tuesday bond hearing that video surveillance captured a gold Chevrolet Malibu at a gas pump at the Citgo gas station at 10th Street and Jackson Street in North Chicago around 5:15 p.m. Sunday.
Brown and a friend of his approached the gas station and the rear passenger side door of the Chevrolet opened.
An individual pointed a gun out of the car. The rear driver-side window also was rolled down and Williams pointed a gun out the window, Hicks said.
Both Williams and the second suspect, who was not publicly identified, fired shots toward Brown and his friend, Hicks said.
Brown pulled out a gun and shot back after being shot. Brown then tried running away but collapsed in the alley due to a gunshot wound to the chest.
The boy was transported to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving, the coroner’s office said.
The Chevrolet drove off and crashed near the Home Depot on Belvidere Road in Waukegan.
Six individuals were observed fleeing the vehicle and three of them, including Williams, were detained inside the Home Depot, Hicks said.
Police found a black hoodie in the Home Depot bathroom that Williams was believed to be wearing.
Hicks said that Williams gave a false name to officers, who recovered a 9mm handgun under the rear driver seat of the Chevrolet where Williams was sitting.
Two witnesses also identified Williams as the shooter.
Williams had multiple warrants in separate cases at the time of his arrest, including one case where he allegedly fired shots at two women.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Williams held in the Lake County Jail on a $3 million bond.
Investigators believe Brown was specifically targeted and the shooting was gang-related, according to Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokeswoman Heather Cognac.
Anyone with information in the shooting should contact the North Chicago Police Department or leave an anonymous tip with Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222 or by visiting www.lakecountycrimestoppers.com.