Prosecutors say a 17-year-old with a pending gun case in juvenile court got another gun and shot a man at a Chicago gas station. The victim allegedly told police he recognized the person who shot him because they participated in the same program to get their criminal records expunged.
Dewayne Duncan is the 40th person accused of killing or shooting—or attempting to kill or shoot—someone in Chicago while awaiting trial for a felony this year. The alleged crimes involved at least 77 victims, 18 of whom died.
Duncan received 30 days of juvenile detention last year after pleading guilty to gun possession and possessing a stolen motor vehicle in juvenile court, prosecutor Danny Hanichak said. Prosecutors charged him with another felony gun case in April, and he was put on electronic monitoring—until a judge removed his ankle monitor a month later.
Around 8:45 a.m. on August 8, with the April gun case still pending, Duncan walked into a gas station on the 800 block of East 79th Street and collected a few items for purchase, Hanichak said. The clerk saw Duncan look outside toward the gas pumps, put down the things he selected, and walk out the door.
As Duncan exited the store, he pulled out a handgun with an extended magazine and began shooting at an 18-year-old man sitting in the driver’s seat of a car at one of the pumps, Hanichak said. The gas station’s surveillance cameras recorded the shooting.
The man, shot twice in the shoulder and twice in the elbow, drove a few yards, then crawled out of his car and collapsed on the ground. Duncan ran away, Hanichak said.
Once the victim regained his ability to speak, he told investigators that he knew the gunman as “Lil Shon” and gave them Duncan’s first name, according to Hanichak. The man said he knew Duncan from the expungement program. Police identified Duncan through a social media search.
Five days after the shooting, police arrested Duncan less than a quarter-mile from the gas station because he was carrying a gun on the street, Hanichak said. Lab tests allegedly confirmed that the bullets fired at the gas station came from that gun.
Prosecutors charged Duncan as an adult on Wednesday with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery by discharging a firearm. Judge Mary Marubio ordered him held without bail.
The “not horrible” series
This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others 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.