New video may show killer escaping from River North murder scene

A new video on Twitter may show the gunman who ambushed 16-year-old Vadarrion Knight outside the Grand Red Line station making his getaway early Monday.

The footage, posted by Chicago Critter, shows a man dressed in dark clothing running down an alley between Grand and Illinois streets about a half-block from the murder scene.

Previously-released video showed the gunman shooting Knight in a targeted attack and then running south on State Street from the Grand Red Line in dark clothing. He appeared to have an unusual running style.

The new video shows a man in dark clothing, also with an unusual gait, running west through an alley just a half-block south of the murder scene. He turns into a parking lot and disappears from view. Then, a car’s brake lights shine brightly, and a vehicle pulls out of the lot and into the alley, turning west and heading away from State Street.

This Google Street View image shows the approximate locations of the murder scene (A) and the parking lot where the man went (B). | Google

Knight was killed by a gunman who was waiting for him as he exited the CTA station on the southeast corner of State and Grand around 2:03 a.m. Monday., according to police and surveillance video of the murder. Knight retreated and collapsed on the sidewalk at the top of the station’s escalator as the gunman continued to fire into his body. At least 11 muzzle flashes came from the killer’s gun.

After the killer ran from the scene, two other people approached Knight’s body, according to a person familiar with the investigation. One of them went through Knight’s pockets while the other physically assaulted Knight as he lay dying, the source said.

CWB Chicago reported Monday that an officer who reviewed CTA surveillance footage said the gunman entered the station’s southwest entrance, crossed the mezzanine, and then waited for Knight to arrive. He said the offender was a Black male who wore a black mask, gray winter cap, gray or black coat, black pants, and gray gym shoes.

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