A North Side woman faces felony charges for allegedly helping her sister shoot another woman in Rogers Park last month. Prosecutors charged Kamiah Alford, 25, with aggravated battery by discharging a firearm even though they are not accusing her of personally firing the weapon.
Around 10:15 a.m. on April 29, a 23-year-old woman and two friends drove to the 7100 block of North Glenwood to return some property to Alford’s sister after the two had a falling out, Assistant State’s Attorney Sean Kelly said.
As the 23-year-old was walking down the street, Alford and her sister allegedly pulled up in a car. Both women got out of the vehicle and Alford’s sister pulled out a knife, Kelly said. The sister began swinging the knife and struck the victim once in her leg and arm as the victim was trying to protect her face, according to Kelly.
After being cut, the victim backed away as Alford’s sister allegedly asked Alford to get her gun. Alford asked her sister if she wanted Alford to shoot the 23-year-old because Alford is a concealed carry holder, Kelly continued.
The sister said no; she wanted to personally shoot the woman, and she took the gun from Alford, Kelly said. She then shot the victim in the leg, according to the allegations.
Alford and her sister then drove away from the scene. Both witnesses corroborated the victim’s version of events, Kelly said.
Assistant Public Defender Suzin Farber said Alford insists that she never got out of the car and never offered to shoot the woman. Alford has no criminal background.
Judge Susana Ortiz denied the state’s motion to hold Alford without bail. Instead, Ortiz said Alford must pay a 10% bail deposit totaling $25,000 to go home on electronic monitoring. Alford remained in jail as of May 28.