Uptown: Ten months later, charges filed in Starbucks shooting that killed one, injured two others

Tikeo Sweeting is charged with killing one man and shooting two other people at this Uptown Starbucks in November 2017. | CPD; Google

More than ten months after a man was killed and two others were shot outside an Uptown Starbucks, police say they have solved the shooting.

Tikeo Sweeting, 20, of the Grand Crossing neighborhood is now charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery by firearm in the case. Judge Sophia Atcherson ordered him held without bail.

Around 8 p.m. on November 2nd, 2017, a 28-year-old Sauvignon Watkins ran into the coffee shop at 4753 North Broadway with a masked gunman close behind. The second man opened fire, killing the Watkins and striking a 24-year-old man as well as a 12-year-old.

In the seconds after the shooting, a woman ran into the coffee shop, snatched up the injured boy, and drove him to nearby Weiss Hospital, a witness said.

Standing steps from landmarks like the Green Mill Tavern and Aragon Ballroom, Town Hall District Commander Marc Buslik said at the time that Watkins and the shooter had been involved in a drug deal nearby.

Prosecutors confirmed many of the early details in court, saying that Sweeting shot at the adults from outside the coffee shop. The men ran into the Starbucks and Sweeting followed, standing over Watkins and firing several times as Watkins lied on the floor.

Chicago police records show that Sweeting has been arrested seven times since he turned 18, including twice previously this year. He is currently facing a narcotics charge stemming from a March 8th arrest in the 4400 block of North Racine, about four blocks from the murder scene.

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