CHICAGO — Treanius Sykes, the Chicago man who faced attempted murder charges after prosecutors accused him of being one of the gunmen in a mass shooting that left one dead and four injured outside a Wicker Park nightclub two years ago, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on Monday.
Sykes, 37, struck a deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in exchange for an eight-year sentence from Judge Timothy Joyce. Prosecutors dropped seven felonies, including four counts of attempted murder, in the deal, according to clerk of court records.
Four different gunmen were involved in the shootout outside The Point nightclub, 1565 North Milwaukee, on October 10, 2021, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said while laying out allegations against Sykes four days later. One of the gunmen was killed in the shootout.
Officials said that Sykes, his girlfriend, and the gunman who was killed, 32-year-old Raymond Jones, were outside the club when Jones began firing toward a crowd of people standing outside the bar around 3:42 a.m.
Someone fired back at Jones, killing him.
A total of 30 casings were found from four different weapons, including 13 that police believed were expended by the gun Sykes fired.The entire event was captured on surveillance video:
After the initial burst of gunfire ended, people began to stand up and walk around, Murphy said in 2021. That’s when Sykes allegedly grabbed a gun from his girlfriend’s glovebox and fired into the crowd. The girlfriend works as a security guard and is licensed to own a firearm, according to Murphy. He said surveillance cameras captured footage of Sykes firing the gun.
In addition to Jones, four other people suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds.
Sykes’ girlfriend took her gun away, and the couple fled to her home, according to Murphy. Police arrived a short time later to tow her car after investigators linked it to the shooting by its license plate number.
Murphy said that the girlfriend told officers towing her car that the gun was inside her house and that Sykes was also there. Police secured a search warrant for the home, recovered the gun, and arrested Sykes.
Chicago police later sought criminal charges against at least one of the other gunmen, but prosecutors in the Cook County state’s attorney’s office rejected the case, CWBChicago reported last year.