Chef murdered in drive-by while on electronic monitoring for Oak Brook Mall shooting

CHICAGO — A man awaiting trial in connection with the 2021 Christmastime shooting that injured four people at Oakbrook Center was murdered in a drive-by shooting outside his Chicago restaurant on Friday, officials say.

Tyran Williams, 34, was on electronic monitoring at the time of his death, having won permission from a Dupage County judge to be outside of his home from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin.

At about 11:55 p.m. Friday, Williams was in an alley behind his restaurant, Gusto’s Kitchen, 1767 West 95th Street, when someone opened fire on him from a blue vehicle, police and family members said.

He was shot multiple times and died at Christ Hospital. The Patch reported that police believe the shooting was targeted.

Berlin said his office was notified of Williams’ death the same day.

Tyran Williams is seen at his restaurant in a video posted to Instagram three weeks ago (Instagram)

Williams and another man, Steven Lane, were accused of opening fire on each other at Oak Brook Mall during an argument on December 23, 2021. Four people suffered gunshot wounds: Williams, who was shot four times, and three bystanders. 

Judge John Kinsella initially ordered Lane and Williams to each post $100,000 bail deposits to be released on electronic monitoring with GPS. Berlin said Tuesday that Kinsella specifically ordered Williams to stay inside his home should he be released. Williams posted the $100,000 just one day later, on December 30, 2021, and went home on an ankle monitor.

Three months later, Kinsella agreed to let Williams leave home between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for work, medical appointments, and religious services. Berlin said his office objected to the change. Then, just three months after that, according to Berlin, Kinsella revised Williams’ release conditions again, allowing him to be outside his home from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Williams, known as “Chef Dirty Money,” opened his restaurant last September, CBS2 reported, hoping to “create generational wealth for his kids.” According to the station, Williams named his restaurant after a relative who was fatally shot more than ten years ago.

Berlin said his office would ask a judge to enter an order of “death suggested, cause abated” once his office receives a copy of Williams’ death certificate. Lane continues to fight the Oak Brook Mall shooting allegations.

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