Missing parolee wanted for Lyon’s Den hookah lounge murder, Chicago police say

Chicago police are looking for a five-time convicted felon in connection with the New Year’s Day shooting that left one dead and another injured at Lyon’s Den hookah lounge, 2123 West Division. CPD named Jimmy Chamberlain, 31, as the wanted man in a bulletin on Monday evening.

Chamberlain was paroled on December 31, 2020, after serving half of a 21-year sentence that he received for home invasion while armed with a firearm, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records. IDOC lists him as a parole absconder, meaning he is not compliant with the terms of parole, and they do not know where he is.

Jimmy Chamberlain and a video grab of officers working the shooting scene at Lyon’s Den hookah lounge. | Chicago Police Department; Citizen App

Shortly after the shooting, Chicago police said a man tried to enter Lyon’s Den while brandishing a handgun around 1:30 a.m. on January 1 and then exchanged gunfire with the victims. Police recovered at least one firearm at the scene, an officer said.

Austin McAllister, a 38-year-old father of six working as a bouncer at the Lyon’s Den, died. The other victim, a 26-year-old man, suffered a gunshot wound to his left calf and survived.

Police did not say how they identified Chamberlain as the gunman, but the CPD bulletin said two warrants were out for his arrest.

In addition to the home invasion he is on parole for, Chamberlain was convicted of felony criminal damage to government property and aggravated battery of a peace officer in 2013. In 2010, he was found guilty of aggravated illegal use of a weapon and a felony narcotics charge.

He stands 6’2″ to 6’4″ tall, weighs 200 to 220 pounds, and has several tattoos on his neck, according to CPD.

Police warned anyone who sees Chamberlain to avoid approaching him and to call 911. Tips may also be shared directly with Detective Taglieri at 312-744-8261 or anonymously at cpdtip.com. The case number is JG-100101.

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