A Far South Side man was ordered held without bond after being charged with the shooting deaths of two people in the Chatham neighborhood Friday.
David A. Russell, 22, of the 9500 block of South Calumet Avenue in Chicago in the Rosemoor neighborhood, was charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder in the killings, according to a news release from police today.
Prosecutors said in court that Russell admitted to the shooting and told police where to find the gun. He fired 14 shots from a 40-caliber pistol "until the gun jammed," officials said.
Judge Peggy Chiampas in ordering him held without bail noted the "brazen" recklessness of the alleged conduct by the 22-year-old.
"Thankfully this was observed by a uniformed police officer... Thankfully the gun jammed. Thankfully the police officers were not struck and no innocent bystanders were struck," Chiampas told Russell. "All this at the very young age of 22 years old, and you're facing a potential life sentence."
Russell had been in police custody since the day of the shooting. Another man who had been in custody was released without charges, police said. Police are looking for the getaway driver, officials said.
The shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m. Friday near 82nd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue on the South Side. As many as three beat patrol officers were talking outside a bank near 83rd and Cottage when they saw a man shoot a woman, then open fire on a man she was with, officials said.
The gunman then shot at the officers, but missed, authorities said. The officers pursued the gunman, who fled with another man in a vehicle that then crashed at 82nd Street and Drexel Avenue, authorities said.
Shots were fired by police at some point during their confrontation with the gunman, but he wasn't wounded. The gunman and the other man were taken into custody near 86th Street and Ingleside Avenue.
Kenneth Taylor, 24, of the 8300 bock of South Maryland Avenue in Chicago, and Moneet Baker, 22, of the 8200 block of South Drexel Avenue in Chicago, were the two shooting victims.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun