#38: Man killed one, shot another while on bond for being a felon in possession of a firearm, prosecutors say

Cory Wilson | CPD

Prosecutors on Tuesday accused an Englewood man of fatally shooting another man at point-blank range outside a laundromat in April. A bystander was also shot, but survived, according to the allegations.

Cory Wilson, 29, was on bail for a pending charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and narcotics distribution at the time of the alleged shooting. He is the 38th person accused of killing, trying to kill, or shooting someone in Chicago this year while on felony bond.

The victim, 35-year-old Ricky Shipman, frequently sold weed in a laundromat parking lot on 1500 block of West Garfield, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said Tuesday. Around 10:30 p.m. on April 5, he was sitting in his car on the lot with his girlfriend and 11-month-old baby in another car next to him.

Surveillance videos allegedly show Wilson parking his SUV on a side street, walking into the laundromat, and then walking out a few minutes later. Then, he stepped up to Shipman’s driver’s side window and opened fire, Murphy said. Shipman was shot eight times and died.

Wilson ran away, turning at one point to fire more shots, according to Murphy. One of those bullets allegedly struck a 38-year-old bystander in the ankle. Wilson got back into his SUV and drove away, Murphy said.

Wilson’s license plate was picked up on CPD cameras and clothing identical to the gunman’s was found in his car when police located it the next day, according to Murphy. Police allegedly determined that Wilson’s phone was near the shooting scene at the time of the murder.

When police arrested Wilson on Monday, he was carrying a satchel that contained 26 baggies of cocaine, eight suspected ecstasy pills, and $1,095 cash, Murphy said. He was also carrying a phone with a distinctive red case that allegedly matches one that the gunman carried.

He’s now charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery by discharge of a firearm, and three felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Wilson’s already-pending case involves six felony gun counts as well as felony manufacture-delivery of cocaine and manufacture-delivery of cocaine, according to court records. He posted $2,000 to get out of jail. Murphy said he received a nine-year sentence for an armed carjacking in 2011.

Assistant Public Defender Ryan Carlson said Wilson has four children and lives with his fiancee.

Judge Charles Beach pointed to the reliability of video footage and the presence of Wilson’s vehicle at the shooting scene among other alleged pieces of evidence as he ordered Wilson held without bail on the new charges.

Beach also ordered Wilson held without bail for violating the terms of his release in the pending case.

Editor’s note: This report continues our coverage of individuals who have been charged with murder, attempted murder, or trying to kill a person while on bond for a pending felony case. CWBChicago began our series of reports in November 2019 after Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans publicly stated, “we haven’t had any horrible incidents occur” under the court’s bond reform initiative.

The actual number of murders and shootings committed by people on felony bail is undoubtedly much higher than the numbers seen here. Since 2017, CPD has made arrests in just 4% of shootings and 31% of murders, according to the city’s data.  You can support CWBChicago’s work by becoming a subscriber today.

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