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Video: Gang Member Accused of Shooting Takiya Holmes Beaten at Cook County Courthouse


The 19-year-old man charged with firing the stray bullet that struck and killed 11-year-old Takiya Holmes was beaten by a Cook County Jail inmate while awaiting his bond hearing at a county courthouse. The beating was captured on video and released Thursday by the Cook County s...

The 19-year-old man charged with firing the stray bullet that struck and killed 11-year-old Takiya Holmes was beaten by a Cook County Jail inmate while awaiting his bond hearing at a county courthouse.

The beating was captured on video and released Thursday by the Cook County sheriff’s office.

The surveillance video captured an inmate approaching a dozing Antwan Jones while he was handcuffed to a chair in street clothes before his bond hearing Wednesday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on murder charges in Holmes’ shooting death.

The inmate, identified by the sheriff’s office as 24-year-old Renard Williams, walked up to Jones and struck him with a right-handed punch to his head. Williams was able to land several other punches before he was grabbed by a sheriff’s employee and pulled away.

Williams was unrestrained at the time because he was being brought back into the room after appearing in court for a status hearing on murder charges in a fatal shooting in June last year, according to Cara Smith, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

Smith said it was common for inmates to be without restraints as they are taken out of court, and that the attack happened before he could be restrained again.

Williams has been in custody at the jail since August 2016, when he was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, domestic battery and other charges, according to Chicago Police. While in custody, he was charged with first-degree murder in January in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Antoine Randle on June 14, 2016 in the Austin neighborhood.

Jones declined to press charges against Williams in the attack, which is also common, Smith said. Williams was issued a disciplinary ticket for the attack, but has been “a challenging detainee” since he was housed at the jail in August. Williams has had a number of disciplinary violations at the jail, including indecent exposure, fighting and noncompliance with officers’ orders.

Takiya Holmes was in the back seat of her family’s mini van when shots rang out Saturday night in the 6500 block of South King Drive. Her mother and aunt, who were in the front seats, turned to check on Takiya and her 3-year-old brother and found the girl was shot in her right temple. She was pronounced dead at Comer Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Jones, a member of the Black Disciples, fired multiple times with a semi-automatic handgun after he and several other gang members went to confront people selling marijuana in their territory at the Parkway Gardens apartment complex.

Jones turned himself in after he was identified by witnesses as the shooter, police said.

Jones was ordered held without bail by Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil on Wednesday. He is held at the Cook County Jail in protective custody, which Smith said was standard for high-profile cases.

Williams remains in the maximum security Division 9 section of the jail, Smith said.

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Boy age 2, Man, Killed, Pregnant Woman Wounded in North Lawndale Shooting


A man and a 2-year-old boy were shot and killed and a pregnant woman was wounded Tuesday afternoon in North Lawndale. The woman who was on Facebook Live at the time of the shooting, which occurred in an alley in the 2300 block of South Kenneth Avenue. They were in a car in t...

A man and a 2-year-old boy were shot and killed and a pregnant woman was wounded Tuesday afternoon in North Lawndale.

The woman who was on Facebook Live at the time of the shooting, which occurred in an alley in the 2300 block of South Kenneth Avenue.

They were in a car in the alley about 1:30 p.m. when another vehicle drove past and someone got out, pulled out a weapon and fired shots, according to Chicago Police.

The 2-year-old was shot in the head, the 25-year-old man was shot in the head and the 25-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen, police said. The man and toddler were taken to Stroger Hospital, and the woman was taken to Mount Sinai.

After the shooting, detectives walked in the alley, pointing occasionally at a maroon four-door sedan with several bullet holes visible in the rear, passenger-side window. The car seemed to have veered into a fence, coming to rest partially in a vacant lot.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the woman was the boy’s aunt, and was in fair condition.

At a press conference, across from the crime scene, Johnson said a male “documented gang member” who had been in the car was the target of a gunman who fired “several shots” into the vehicle.

The Facebook video, which had been viewed more than 100,000 times on Facebook just three hours after the shooting, shows a young woman in a black hoodie films as she sits in the passenger seat of a car, smiling and singing along to a rap song with the driver, a young man in a white hoodie and baseball cap. As she pans the camera phone back and forth inside the car, the head of a child seated in the back of the car is briefly visible.

The woman’s cheery expression changes, as she peers outside the car and to her left, shortly before the crack of a gunshot. The woman tumbles out the door of the car and sprints through a lot, an alley, and through a doorway, screaming for help.

The woman bolts into a house, and the screen goes dark but the audio continues. The woman says she’s been shot in the stomach, but doesn’t want to go to the hospital.
“I can’t go to the hospital,” she says. “They’ll send me to jail.”

On Monday, the woman had posted a picture of a red four-door, captioned “fresh car wash get new tires still trying to sell it doe.” Beneath the photo, more than one person chastised her for giving valuable intelligence to her boyfriend’s enemies, or “opps.”

“U posted this pick yo boyfriend opps saw it and they got on y’all ass,” wrote one poster. “sad but if you f – – – wit the streets or street people you gotta be smarter young one.”

Sounding a familiar call to action, Johnson said tougher gun laws are needed to abate the violence in the city.

“We just cannot afford to have our children shot down for something they had no involvement in,” Johnson said.

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