Tylo Eddins, 18, of Killeen, Texas, (inset left) and Ishawn Z. Pitts, 19, of Waukegan, (inset right) were both charged with first-degree murder for allegedly fatally shooting a man and a woman, who were both in their 20s, as the two victims walked in the 400 block of Powell Avenue in Waukegan on February 24, 2024. | Background Photo: Craig / Captured News; Insets: Provided

A judge denied pre-trial release to the first of two gunmen accused of fatally shooting two random victims “for absolutely no reason” as they walked down the sidewalk in Waukegan.

The Waukegan Fire Department and Waukegan Police Department responded around 4:20 p.m. February 24 to the 400 block of Powell Avenue in Waukegan for a shooting.

Officers arrived and found two victims who had been shot, according to Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Scott Chastain.

Rodrigo Olivan, 28, of Waukegan, who was reported to be shot in the head, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second victim, Ana Gil, 24, of Waukegan, was shot multiple times, Chastain said.

Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Jeffrey Facklam said Gil was able to call 911 despite being shot nine times.

She was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Gil was listed in critical condition and died on February 27 from her injuries, the coroner’s office said.

Police investigate a double shooting on February 24, 2024, in the 400 block of Powell Avenue in Waukegan that left two victims, who were in their 20s, dead. | Photo: Craig / Captured News

Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said Olivan died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds and Gil died as a result of complications from multiple gunshot wounds.

The Waukegan Police Department Major Crime Scene Unit, Community Crimes Division and Criminal Investigations Division responded to the shooting scene.

Investigators were on the scene for several hours and officers shut down Powell Avenue.

Shell casings were seen marked by numerous evidence markers on the street and grass along Powell Avenue just south of Forest Avenue.

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On Monday, just over a week after the double murder, the police department announced two suspects had been identified, charged and arrested.

Ishawn Z. Pitts, 19, of North Chicago, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and Tylo Eddins, 18, of Killeen, Texas, was charged with six counts of first-degree murder.

Chastain said his department’s detectives discovered a crime spree linked to Eddins and Pitts.

Police investigate a double shooting on February 24, 2024, in the 400 block of Powell Avenue in Waukegan that left two victims, who were in their 20s, dead. | Photo: Craig / Captured News

Earlier in the day prior to the murders, Eddins allegedly entered an Uber driver’s vehicle near an expressway ramp in Chicago while pretending to be the designated pickup.

Eddins displayed a handgun and stole the car, a silver 2020 Kia Sorrento, from the Uber driver, Chastain said.

The Kia was driven to Waukegan where an armed robbery occurred in the 500 block of South Genesee Street.

Eddins, wearing a mask, approached a victim at gunpoint and robbed him of $20, Chastain said.

Eddins reportedly returned to the stolen Kia and left the area.

Eddins drove the stolen vehicle to his residence in Waukegan and left after picking up Pitts, Chastain said.

They drove through the 400 block of Powell Avenue in Waukegan where they spotted two people, later identified as Olivan and Gil, who were walking on the sidewalk in front of a home.

Evidence showed Eddins fired shots at both Olivan and Gil, Chastain said.

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Police investigate a double shooting on February 24, 2024, in the 400 block of Powell Avenue in Waukegan that left two victims, who were in their 20s, dead. | Photo: Craig / Captured News

Eddins then told Pitts to shoot them and “finish them off,” Chastain said. Pitts allegedly fired numerous shots at the two victims.

Facklam said approximately 22 shots were fired. 12 were fired followed by a brief pause before 10 more shots were fired.

Chastain said the shooting occurred “for no reason” and was a “senseless shooting” of the two victims who had no ties to the suspects or ties to any criminal activity.

“This case is an absolute travesty,” Chastain said.

During a detention hearing, Facklam also confirmed that the two victims were “completely random individuals” that the two suspects encountered.

“There seems to be no connection between the victims and this defendant. It was two completely random and innocent people walking down the street who were come upon by the car… who were shot… for absolutely no reason,” Facklam told a judge.

“It is cold, it is calculating, it is random, it is intentional,” Facklam added.

After the shooting, the suspects fled northbound in the Kia and traveled to Zion where it crashed into a fence.

Multiple occupants fled the vehicle and a witness reported one of them dropped a firearm as they ran but picked it back up, Facklam said.

Detectives were able to link the crash to the homicide and began investigating and gathering evidence.

Police investigate a double shooting on February 24, 2024, in the 400 block of Powell Avenue in Waukegan that left two victims, who were in their 20s, dead. | Photo: Craig / Captured News

Chastain said a search warrant and area search were conducted in Zion on February 25, which led to the recovery of evidence related to the homicides and carjacking.

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Pitts had an active outstanding warrant for aggravated robbery out of Zion and Waukegan police detectives took him into custody on Thursday.

He was transported to the Waukegan Police Department and interviewed. Pitts later confessed to shooting the two victims, Chastain said.

Pitts was also able to corroborate the details of the investigation to detectives, Chastain said.

Eddins fled Waukegan shortly after the homicides but was arrested on Wednesday in Killeen, Texas on an unrelated burglary case and other crimes in Texas.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Eddins for the murder charges on Friday.

As of Tuesday, he remains held in the Bell County, Texas Jail while awaiting extradition to Illinois.

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a petition to detain Pitts following his arrest, arguing that he poses a significant threat to the community.

A public defender said Pitts lives with his family in North Chicago and has no previous convictions. The attorney asked for his release.

Lake County Judge D. Christopher Lombardo granted prosecutors’ petition during a detention hearing.

The judge called the offenses committed dangerous and that there are no conditions of release to ensure the public’s safety.

Eddins and Pitts face a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted of the charges against them.