Man fired ‘indiscriminately’ into a crowd at Roosevelt Red Line, injuring 2: prosecutors

CHICAGO — A 20-year-old Chicago man with a history of armed carjacking and gun possession fired shots into a crowd of people at the Roosevelt Red Line station Saturday evening, prosecutors said.

Marcus Jones is only charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm because prosecutors instructed Chicago police detectives to continue to investigate whether he should be charged with shooting the two men, according to court records.

CPD officers on patrol at the Roosevelt station around 10:15 p.m. “observed multiple people running in a frantic and scared manner away from the CTA Red line [sic] mezzanine and yelling ‘they are shooting,'” according to Jones’ arrest report.

The report said that one of the officers saw a man in a New York Yankees jacket “casually walking” from where the panicked people were running. After a Chicago police video surveillance officer notified field units that the shooter was wearing a Yankees jacket, the cops hustled up to the Green Line platform and detained Jones, the report said.

A loaded 9-millimeter handgun previously stolen from Rockford was still “hot to the touch” when cops pulled it from Jones’ waistband, according to the report.

“They got me,” Jones allegedly told someone he was speaking with on the phone as cops converged on the train.

In a detention petition filed Tuesday, prosecutors said that Jones “had just fired multiple rounds from that handgun indiscriminately into a group of approximately 7-8 individuals who were chasing after him.”

Chicago police officers escort Marcus Jones from the Roosevelt Green Line platform on December 16, 2023. | Emjay Phan; Chicago Police Department

Bullets struck two men in the crowd: a 20-year-old who was in good condition and a more seriously injured 25-year-old who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, officials said. CTA cameras recorded the incident.

Prosecutors said Jones is on probation for possessing a stolen motor vehicle. He was adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile for aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. According to prosecutors, he picked up the adult stolen vehicle case while the two juvenile cases were still pending.

Judge Barbara Dawkins detained Jones as a public safety threat during Tuesday’s hearing. Prosecutors told her charges related to the shooting may be forthcoming.

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