3 charged with Chicago mass shooting: 2 on parole, third on pretrial release

CHICAGO — Three Chicago men, two on parole and the third on pretrial release, are charged with carrying out a shooting that left one man dead and three injured on the West Side last weekend.

Officials said that last Sunday afternoon, March 31, 23-year-old Lamont Dixon drove the other two men to the corner of Lavergne and Ferdinand in a stolen black Nissan Maxima.

Ronnie Allen, 19, got out of the front passenger seat, walked up to 16-year-old Johnvier Winn-McKeever, and began shooting, prosecutors said in a detention petition. Allen fired about 15 rounds, killing Winn-McKeever with shots to the head, arms, and legs, officials said in court filings.

At the same time, Knowledge Lemons, 21, opened fire on a group of men who were with Winn-McKeever, the detention petition said. Those men, two 25-year-olds and a 21-year-old, suffered gunshot wounds and survived.

The shootings were captured on video, according to prosecutors.

Allen and Lemons returned to the Maxima, and Dixon sped away, only to crash a short time later, officials said. Chicago cops arrested them after they ran from the wreckage, according to their arrest reports.

Clockwise from left: Ronnie Allen, Lamont Dixon, Knowledge Lemons (Chicago Police Department)

“Office [sic] let me holla at you,” an officer recalled Dixon saying. “I knew the guys in the black car and they gave me the key but I had no idea what was going on I was just driving.”

Clothing worn by Lemons and Allen tested positive for gunshot residue, suggesting that they fired weapons while wearing the garments, according to their detention petitions.

Judge David Kelly detained Allen, noting that Allen had two previous juvenile gun cases and was on pretrial release for another juvenile case at the time of the shooting. Allen is the eighth person accused of shooting, killing, or trying to shoot or kill someone in Chicago this year while on felon pretrial release.

Kelly detained Lemons, too, calling the shooting “brazen and violent.” Lemons is on parole after being sentenced to prison for stolen vehicle and gun charges in 2022.

Dixon was hospitalized at the time of the detention hearings. Kelly continued the state’s detention request in his case until Monday, April 8. State law requires defendants to be physically present when a judge orders their detention.

Dixon is also on parole. He was sentenced to three years in 2021 for possessing a stolen motor vehicle and two years in 2022 for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. In 2019, he received a two-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Allen is charged with first-degree murder and two additional murder counts, plus three counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Lemons is charged with the same crimes, except he is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Dixon faces the murder and attempted murder charges, plus one count of possessing a stolen motor vehicle.

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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