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.
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.
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