Update February 10: Prosecutors have now charged Bobby Noblin with firing the weapon.
Chicago — Prosecutors say a Chicago woman beat another woman on a Red Line train in the Loop, then encouraged an accomplice to shoot the victim while the victim’s school-age child was nearby.
Latrice Harvey, 25, is charged with attempted murder. The accomplice who actually shot the woman remains at large.
Harvey followed the 30-year-old victim and her son onto a Red Line train at State-Lake just after midnight on August 27, prosecutor Sarah Dale-Schmidt said. For some reason, the woman, Harvey, and the gunman all began arguing, and the gunman smacked the woman’s son in the face, according to Dale-Schmidt.
The victim hit the gunman, and a fight broke out, which is when the gunman pulled a firearm from his waist. At that point, the victim’s son and another witness ran from the train.
But Harvey cornered the woman on the train and repeatedly punched and kicked her until she fell to the floor, Dale-Schmidt said. Harvey allegedly continued to kick and punch the woman as she lay on the ground in a fetal position.
She then instructed the gunman to shoot the victim, Dale-Schmidt said. The man took a step forward and shot the victim in the knee at point-blank range. He then ran from the area on foot, as did Harvey. CTA surveillance cameras captured the entire incident.
Dale-Schmidt did not say how police identified Harvey as the woman who attacked the victim. Harvey’s lawyer argued that she has no criminal background and stressed that there is no evidence that she even touched the gun.
However, Judge William Fahy countered that Harvey could still be liable under the law.
“She directs the co-defendant to actually shoot the victim, who apparently was already bested in a physical altercation,” Fahy summarized.
He granted the state’s request to keep Harvey in custody without bail. She faces charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and attempted first-degree murder.