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Man Charged In West Humboldt Park Drive-By Murder Coordinated Attack With 3 Others: Prosecutors

Michael Lampley was charged Thursday in the July killing of 31-year-old Shawn Dontell Brown. Lampley had his girlfriend call an Uber for him and his accomplices after the slaying, prosecutors said.

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WEST HUMBOLDT PARK — A man facing murder charges in a fatal West Humboldt Park drive-by shooting this summer planned the attack with three others who fired nearly 30 shots at the victim and his friend, then took an Uber home, prosecutors said Thursday.

Michael Lampley, 25, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, attempted murder, being an armed habitual criminal and possession of a stolen vehicle in the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Shawn Dontell Brown.

The shooting occurred about 1:20 p.m. July 25, authorities said.

Brown was sitting in his parked car on the north side of Thomas Street while Brown’s friend was standing on the sidewalk, prosecutors said. Someone in a white Dodge Charger with tinted windows pulled up through a nearby alley, prosecutors said in court documents.

Armed with rifles, Lampley and an accomplice got out of the Charger and opened fire in the direction of Brown’s car and then at Brown’s friend, prosecutors said. The gunmen also chased down Brown’s friend, who escaped unharmed, prosecutors said.

A second accomplice of Lampley’s got out and fired at Brown’s car, appearing to fire “additional rounds from close range,” according to court documents. Amid the chaos, Lampley and his two accomplices got back into the Charger and drove off, prosecutors said.

The gunmen fired about 30 shots at Brown and his friend, prosecutors said.

Brown was shot in his head, body and wrist. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, authorities said.

No motive in the shooting was offered in the court files.

The aftermath of the shooting was captured on surveillance footage from “multiple locations,” prosecutors said.

The footage shows a white Dodge Charger traveling in suburban Lincolnwood. At one point, a group of men matching the descriptions of Lampley and his accomplices can be seen getting out of the car and throwing out a container of disinfectant wipes and blue latex gloves, prosecutors said. One person appears to drop an article of clothing in the street, prosecutors said.

The group went to a Walgreens before they were picked up by an Uber driver in a late model Toyota Prius, according to court documents.

Detectives later determined the ride share was ordered from an account belonging to Lampley’s girlfriend, prosecutors said. The destination was Lampley’s South Side apartment, which he shares with his girlfriend, prosecutors said.

Several witnesses identified Lampley as one of the shooters, prosecutors said.

Detectives found Facebook videos of Lampley wearing a similar outfit seen in the surveillance footage: a tan ski mask and all-black Air Jordan 11 sneakers with white soles, prosecutors said. In the photo, Lampley is holding a tan and black rifle, one of the guns used in the killing, prosecutors said.

Cellphone records also tie Lampley to the scene of the fatal shooting, prosecutors said.

The Dodge Charger used in the killing was reported stolen April 13 in Rosemont and recovered by the Lincolnwood Police Department two days after the shooting, in the same location where Lampley and his accomplices left the car, prosecutors said.

Lampley was on parole for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon at the time of the West Humboldt Park shooting. He was arrested Tuesday after he agreed to meet his parole officers and was found with another stolen car and more guns, prosecutors and police said. He’s next due in court Nov. 9, said Tandra Simonton, Cook County state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman.

A Cook County judge ordered Lampley held without bail at a bond court hearing Thursday, Simonton said.

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