A seven-time convicted felon who was on electronic monitoring for a Class X felony gun case was charged Wednesday with trying to shoot and kill his girlfriend’s father in an alley behind their home this week.
Antwone McClore is the fourth person charged with shooting or killing — or trying to shoot or kill — someone in Chicago this year while awaiting trial for a felony.
The victim went to his car to get his bowling balls on Monday when McClore walked up, opened his passenger door, and fired a shot at him, Assistant State’s Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis said. But the bullet missed, and the victim rolled out onto the ground.
McClore walked around the back of the victim’s car, stood over him, and pointed a gun at the man as he was on the ground, Kalliantasis continued. The man’s partner, who came outside to investigate the gunshot, intervened and asked what was going on, according to Kalliantasis. McClore allegedly walked into the home, which he shares with the victim and his family.
Meanwhile, Chicago police officers arrived at the scene in response to a ShotSpotter gunfire detection alert, Kalliantasis continued. They spoke with the victim and entered the family’s home with his permission.
Kalliantasis said the victim identified McClore, who was in the living room, as the person who shot at him. The cops also found a gun, which the victim did not realize was in his home, in a kitchen drawer, according to Kalliantasis.
Prosecutors charged McClore with attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm.
McClore’s felony convictions include unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in 2017, 2014, and 2009; intimidation in 2014; aggravated battery causing great bodily harm in 2005 and 2003; and involuntary manslaughter in 2000, Kalliantasis told Judge Kelly McCarthy.
Assistant Public Defender Jeremy Lemmons argued that no evidence connects McClore to the gun police allegedly found in the home.
McCarthy set bail for McClore at $400,000 cash and ordered him to go onto electronic monitoring. But she also ordered him held without bail for violating the terms of bond in his pending armed habitual criminal gun case.
McClore was hospitalized on Wednesday for an unrelated health matter, so state law barred McCarthy from holding him without bail. Prosecutors will ask another judge to hold McClore without bail at a future court date.
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.