Chicago man shot victim in the face while on bail for one gun case, and on probation for another: prosecutors

CHICAGO — A Chicago man is charged with attempted murder, accused of shooting another man in the face while on bail for one gun case and on probation for another.

Judge Susana Ortiz ordered Quijuan Waters, 21, detained to await trial in connection with the shooting, which occurred on December 27 in the 5600 block of South Michigan. He is the 30th person accused of shooting, killing, or trying to shoot or kill someone in Chicago in 2023 while awaiting trial for a felony. The cases involve at least 46 victims. Fifteen of them died.

The 24-year-old victim and a companion went to Waters’ home around 11:15 a.m. to pick up an underage relative who had run away, prosecutors said. The girl came out, and the companion took her to their car while Waters and others spoke with the victim.

As the victim made his way to the car’s passenger door, Waters ran over, stuck a gun to his head, and fired one shot, according to the state’s detention petition. The bullet struck the man in the cheek, and he fell to the ground.

Prosecutors said a CPD surveillance camera recorded the shooting, and the gunshot activated a ShotSpotter alert that sent police to the scene.

Quijuan Waters | Chicago Police Department

Waters ran away when police arrived, but they caught him nearby, the petition said. The officers also found a gun on the other side of a fence that Waters had leaned over, according to CPD.

Court records show that Waters pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in December 2022. Judge John Lyke sentenced him to first-offender gun probation and community service, an option that could end with the case being dismissed if Waters fulfilled his obligations.

But less than two months later, Waters was charged with illegally possessing another firearm. Judge Ankur Srivastava held Waters without bail until Lyke had a chance to review the new developments.

Lyke released Waters on a recognizance bond with electronic monitoring four days later. In July, Lyke terminated the electronic monitoring and instructed Waters to observe a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, according to court records.

Judge Ortiz’s detention order cited Waters’ “inability to refrain from possessing firearms” as one of the reasons she kept him in jail.

The “not horrible” series

This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others awaiting trial for a felony allegation. 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.

The actual number of murders and shootings committed by people awaiting trial for felony allegations is undoubtedly much higher than the numbers seen here. Since 2017, CPD has brought charges in less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and 33% of murders, according to the city’s data.

#1: Chicago man stabbed, beat roommate to death while awaiting trial for burglary, prosecutors say (February 18, 2023)

#2: Attempted murder charge for woman who randomly stabbed victim while on bail for randomly stabbing other people (March 5, 2023)

#3: She tried to kill a woman while on bail for trying to kill yet another woman, prosecutors say (April 7, 2023)

#4: Mayou’llged with killing woman while on felony bail after Chicago cops gather a mountain of video evidence, prosecutors say (April 7, 2023)

#5: Convicted murderer killed 2, wounded 1 while on electronic monitoring for gun possession, prosecutors say (April 18, 2023)

#6: Man killed 1, tried to kill another while on felony bail, prosecutors say (April 29, 2023)

#7: Man shot good Samaritan who went to check on him inside wrecked, smoking car, prosecutors say (May 5, 2023)

#8: 4 people, all with extensive juvenile criminal backgrounds, killed off-duty Chicago cop during armed robbery: prosecutors (May 10, 2023)

#9: Man accidentally shot front seat passenger while handling gun in car’s back seat, prosecutors say (May 23, 2023)

#10: Chicago man shot his brother because he was ‘tired of’ the sibling, prosecutors say (June 3, 2023)

#11: Chicago man killed robbery victim while on electronic monitoring for another robbery case: prosecutors (June 5, 2023)

#12: Man shot at, tried to kill Chicago cops while on parole and felony bail, prosecutors say (June 8, 2023)

#13: Seven-time felon shot a long-time friend, ‘firing round after round,’ while on felony bail, prosecutors say (July 11, 2023)

#14: Man on bail for machine gun possession opened fire on pedestrians, shooting a 16-year-old, officials say (July 13, 2023)

#15: Hitman killed target while on bail for trying to disarm a cop, prosecutors say (July 22, 2023)

#16: Brothers shot two women during family gathering in Bronzeville, prosecutors say (August 3, 2023)

#17: Drive-by shooter killed 1, injured 4, and accidentally shot an accomplice while on bail for machine gun possession, prosecutors say (August 25, 2023)

#18: Man tried to kill 2 Chicago firefighters while on bail awaiting new trial for a 2005 murder case, prosecutors say (September 14, 2023)

#19: 3 charged in armed robbery turned shooting in Homan Square (September 2, 2023)

#20: Woman who stabbed girl to death in the Loop was awaiting trial for robbing Red Line passenger, prosecutors say (October 7, 2023)

#21: Chicago man fired shots at two people while on bail for a felony gun case, prosecutors say (October 16, 2023)

#22: 17-year-old cut off ankle monitor, killed a man at South Side gas station: prosecutors (October 27, 2023)

#23: Chicago man viciously stabbed ex’s new boyfriend while on bail for a felony gun case: prosecutors (October 28, 2023)

#24: Chicago man fired into a crowd of people, killing 1 and injuring another, while on bail for a Class X gun charge: prosecutors (November 7, 2023)

#25: Man chased down, killed woman while on bail for stolen motor vehicle and firearm allegations: prosecutors (November 10, 2023)

#26: Chicago man shot another man while on bail for a Class X felony gun charge, prosecutors say (November 24, 2023)

#27: ‘Kia boy’ murdered 2 people while awaiting trial for stolen vehicle case, prosecutors say (December 19, 2023)

#28: Man shot acquaintance during a fight while on bond for a pending Class X narcotics case, prosecutors say (December 20, 2023)

#29: Chicago man accidentally shot himself one day after being released from jail on a gun charge, prosecutors say (December 23, 2023)

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