CHICAGO — Charges have been filed against three Chicago men in connection with a shooting that left a driver injured on the Eisenhower Expressway on Thanksgiving night.
The victim and his two passengers were heading west near Leavitt Street in a Chevy Malibu when a gray Audi sped up behind them around 11:15 p.m. Prosecutors said the Audi’s driver swerved into the left lane, accelerated around the victim’s car, and then cut back over to be in front of the Malibu. Officials said the victim had to hit the brakes several times to avoid crashing into the Audi.
After a few moments, the Audi’s driver returned to the left lane and slowed until his car was alongside the Malibu. Someone seated in the Audi’s back seat then fired several rounds at the victim’s car, according to prosecutors.
The victim slammed on his brakes, but the Audi’s driver braked hard and kept his car close to the victim. At that point, the Audi’s front-seat passenger fired more shots at the victim’s car.
Prosecutors said the victim sped away, but the Audi continued to follow him but fled after the victim stopped to get help at the Chicago Police Department’s Harrison District station, 3151 West Harrison. The victim suffered a graze wound to his leg. His car was riddled with 11 bullet holes, and cops found a bullet lodged in his jacket, officials said.
Parrius Harding, 27, is accused of driving the Audi. Prosecutors said Illinois State Police investigators used license plate reader data to track down the car’s owner, Harding’s girlfriend. They said Harding admitted to being the driver when there was a “shooting altercation” on the highway. ISP agents said they found a “large amount” of cannabis in his bedroom closet along with two ammunition magazines, one of which was loaded.
Harding identified Rishaud Rhodes, 18, as the man who was in his back seat on the night of the shooting, prosecutors said.
Both Rhodes and Harding named Tristian Dent, 18, as the front-seat passenger, according to prosecutors.
In a conversation with investigators, Harding said he “did not know how many shots Dent fired at the vehicle but it was a lot of rounds,” according to his arrest report.
License plate reader cameras captured an image of the Audi’s front passenger, allegedly Dent, holding a gun out of his window. Cellphone data also put him at the shooting scene, prosecutors said.
Judge Ankur Srivastava ordered Dent and Rhodes detained as public safety threats last week. Harding has been detained since December 3 by order of Judge David Kelly.
Prosecutors presented no motive for the shooting.