WICKER PARK — A 35-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in connection to a Sunday shooting in Wicker Park, and police say the person who was killed started the shooting that led to four other people being wounded.
Teanius Sykes was arrested Sunday, police said. He has been charged with five felonies, including attempted murder, aggravated battery and reckless discharge of a gun.
The drive-by shooting occurred about 3:42 a.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of North Milwaukee Avenue.
Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said at a press conference Wednesday there was an altercation inside a bar and workers decided to close for the night. Footage from the area shows patrons leaving the bar and congregating on the street, Deenihan said.
But the owner of The Point, the bar in question, denied an altercation inside led to the bar’s closing. The bar at 1565 N. Milwaukee Ave. closed 90 minutes early because staff grew concerned over rowdiness on the street, owner Jun Lin said. Bar staff called 911 several times to request police assistance ahead of the shooting, he said.
Surveillance footage from the area shows one man, whom Deenihan identified as Raymond Jones, standing near a black Honda then walking toward the bar and shooting at a group of people. At some point, the footage shows Jones being fatally shot and falling to the ground, Deenihan said. It’s unclear who shot him.
After Jones is shot, Sykes began firing his gun at the same group of people from the Honda, Deenihan said. Then the car flees.
“I watched the video myself — it’s so hard to see everything that’s going on,” Deenihan said.
A parking ban meant to prevent partying and crime in Wicker Park was not enforced in the hours before the shooting, officials said Tuesday.
Police said that was because city tow trucks were busy clearing streets ahead of the Chicago Marathon, which took place that morning. But a Streets and Sanitation spokeswoman said no trucks were requested Saturday night.
This was at least the second mass shooting on the Near North stretch of Milwaukee Avenue in the past two weeks. Five people were wounded in a shooting near the Grand-Milwaukee-Halsted intersection in River West on Sept. 29.
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