Weapons charges filed in Uptown shooting that left one man dead, another injured Tuesday

Kimberly Todd and Darryl Young | CPD

Two people are facing weapons charges in connection with a double-shooting that left one man dead and another injured in Uptown on Tuesday afternoon.

Police previously said two men opened fire on each other on the 4800 block of Magnolia at 12:14 p.m., leaving a 23-year-old man in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the back of his head and a 19-year-old in good condition with a gunshot wound to his wrist.

The older man, identified by prosecutors as Moses Joseph was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center on Wednesday.

Moses Joseph | Facebook

Prosecutors said Joseph and 34-year-old Kimberly Todd drove to the corner of Magnolia and Ainslie streets shortly before the shooting and sat in Todd’s parked vehicle for a few minutes. Joseph then got out of Todd’s car and approached a group of four rival gang members who were standing on Magnolia, according to Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy. 

Joseph then opened fire on the four men while several bystanders ran for cover, including a couple that was walking their child in a stroller along with their dog, Murphy said. The 19-year-old victim was struck in the hand by one shot.

Then, 18-year-old Darryl Young allegedly returned fire, striking Joseph in the back of the head, and fled the scene.

The family’s dog broke away from its owner and ran into a nearby street where it was struck by a vehicle. It was later euthanized.

Upon hearing the gunshots, Todd ran to Joseph’s side and recovered his handgun from under his body, according to Murphy. When a good Samaritan began administering first aid to Joseph, Todd allegedly tried to hide his gun in the woman’s unattended bag.

Arriving officers, tipped off by the woman, arrested Todd and recovered the handgun from the woman’s bag. Murphy said Todd admitted to grabbing the gun and putting it in the woman’s satchel.

Other officers located Young with two other men in a yard on the 4800 block of North Magnolia shortly after the shooting. Police found a handgun nearby and Young allegedly admitted that he carried the weapon for self-defense.

Todd is charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, destruction of evidence, and possession of crack cocaine. She was on bail while awaiting trial for another gun violation at the time of the shooting, Murphy said. Judge Susana Ortiz ordered her held without bail for violating the terms of the previous bail bond. Ortiz also set bail at $20,000 for the Uptown incident. Todd is required to go onto electronic monitoring if she can eventually post the 10% deposit bond.

Her defense attorney said Todd has three children and is currently pregnant with her fourth.

Prosecutors charged Young with unlawful use of a weapon. Ortiz also set his bail at $20,000 and ordered him to go onto electronic monitoring. Prosecutors said he was convicted of robbery and burglary as a juvenile.

Young’s public defender said Young had a gun because “Chicago is a very dangerous place for a young black man these days.” He said there is no proof that Young is a gang member as alleged by the state.

Prosecutors decided not to pursue murder charges against Young because the case is considered self-defense, Murphy said. No further charges are anticipated against Young.

At the time of his death, Joseph was on parole for three narcotics convictions and was wanted by authorities in connection with a home invasion that authorities believe Todd also participated in, Murphy said.

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