17-year-old killed 16-year-old during gun sale in a Chicago alley: prosecutors

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a 17-year-old boy shot and killed a 16-year-old boy during a gun sale in a Chicago alley last year.

Amir Stewart and Gregory Wilson made arrangements for Wilson to buy a gun from Stewart in an alley behind the 400 block of East 88th Street around 6 p.m. on March 13, 2023, according to prosecutors.

A friend drove Stewart to the alley where Stewart was supposed to stash the firearm. Surveillance video showed Stewart getting out of the car and walking into the alley, prosecutors said in a detention petition.

Wilson happened to be in the alley, too, and Stewart shot him several times out of camera view, the petition continued. Moments later, Stewart returned to camera range with a gun in his hand and got into the car, which left the area.

The gun Stewart placed in the alley was a replica firearm, prosecutors said. According to the petition, DNA testing showed “strong support” that he was a “major contributor” to the genetic material found on the replica.

Chicago police records show CPD officers first arrested Stewart in connection with the case last summer, but prosecutors rejected murder charges at the time. Stewart was arrested in 2017 for possessing a replica firearm in the city, too, according to the CPD records.

Prosecutors recently signed off on the murder charge, and police arrested Stewart at his school, Thornton Fractional South High School, in suburban Lansing.

Judge William Fahy granted the state’s detention petition.

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