Prosecutors: Man arrested on weapons charge is murder suspect

Tribune reporter

Authorities say a man arrested on weapons charges this week is also the suspect in a more serious crime – the recent shooting death of a 26-year-old man on Chicago's Far South Side.

The suspect, a 23-year-old who was already on parole for aggravated battery with a gun, was picked out of a photo array by a witness to the murder of 26-year-old Aries Shorter earlier this month, prosecutors said today.

After that identification, police visited the suspect at home Thursday in the Chatham neighborhood and found five bullets for handguns, according to a police report. The suspect was then arrested on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and possession of ammunition by a felon. On Sunday, he was ordered held without bond in Cook County court.

He has not been charged with the murder, and the investigation continues, Assistant State's Attorney Ericka Graunke said.

The suspect has compiled a record of weapons convictions, including a 2006 case in which he was found guilty of charges including aggravated battery with a gun. He was sentenced to eight years in prison in that matter.

On Nov. 9, Aries Shorter was sitting in a car about 1 p.m. in the 200 block of West 113th Street when a gunman shot him multiple times, police said. Shorter sped to the hospital, where he died, authorities said.

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