|Earrious Moore (inset) was arrested after he shot a man in an attempted carjacking near 1440 North Inner Lake Shore Drive, Chicago police said. | Google; Chicago Police Department|
Federal charges have been filed against the man who shot at least three people and pulled off a string of carjackings that culminated in a wild spree through the Gold Coast this week.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office today said Earrious Moore, 23, had been charged in federal court for shooting an 84-year-old driver while attempting to hijack a Mercedes-Benz in the 1400 block of North Inner Lake Shore Drive around 6 p.m. on Thursday. The federal attempted carjacking charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney.
The statement said the case had been investigated by the Vehicular Hijacking Task Force, a joint federal and state initiative formed last year in the wake of a wave of carjacking reports across Chicago. The task force includes officers, agents and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chicago Police Department, ATF, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Illinois State Police, and suburban police departments, the statement said.
Prior to shooting the elderly man and trying to take his car, Moore carjacked another driver in the 1000 block of North Rush; shot a motorist in the 1000 block of North State; carjacked an undercover Chicago police officer in the 600 block of West Chicago; carjacked two other cars on the West Side; and shot his own brother, according to a timeline released by the Chicago Police Department.
There has been no word yet on state charges against Moore.