A Chicago high school student was ordered held Monday on $250,000 bail in a Christmas Day shooting in the Ashburn neighborhood.
Avante Temple is accused of opening fire on another teen on the city’s Southwest Side about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Temple, 17, is charged with felony aggravated discharge of a firearm.
Prosecutors said Temple approached the victim while he was riding a bicycle on the 7400 block of South Central Park Avenue and, before firing two shots, asked, “Do you remember me?” The victim, also 17, was shot in the neck and buttocks.
“The victim was able to identify the shooter,” Assistant Cook State’s Attorney Regina Mescall said.
Soon after the shooting, police arrested Temple at the home where he lives with his mother and stepfather on the 3400 block of West 74th Street. Officers said they found a gun hidden in a gym shoe in Temple’s bedroom.
When Temple was arrested, two of his siblings, ages 6 and 13, were playing in the hallway outside of the room, according to court records.
Rescuers rushed the victim to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition had stabilized Sunday. An update on his condition was not available today.
Temple appeared Monday before Cook County Judge Israel Abaya Desierto, who ordered the Bogan High School student remain held until the required 10 percent or $25,000 bail is posted.
Temple has a juvenile criminal record, and a prior aggravated unlawful use of a weapon arrest from earlier this year, Mescall said. She did not disclose a motive for the shooting.
Temple is due back in court Jan. 3. He is on medication for bipolar disorder and has a tattoo on his arm that reads, “Smile Now. Die Later,” court records said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun