Charges filed in shooting that left man dead, woman injured near Rogers Park hookah lounge

Demarius Flakes (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Charges have been filed in last summer’s shooting that left a man dead and a woman injured as they left a hookah lounge in Rogers Park.

Deric Balark, 30, and the 20-year-old woman were among many people leaving the lounge around 1:30 a.m. on July 30, officials said. As they made their way along the 1300 block of West Devon, someone began shooting at them.

Prosecutors now say the gunman was Demarious Flakes, 30. Flakes followed the victims and opened fire on them as they walked, according to a detention petition. Balark tried to run away, but Flakes followed him as he continued to shoot, the petition said. Balark eventually collapsed in the street, and Flakes fled.

Shortly after the shooting, Chicago police said Balark suffered ten gunshot wounds. Court filings reveal that the woman sustained gunshot wounds to her leg and ear.

Investigators linked the gunman’s getaway car to a relative of Flakes’ girlfriend, officials said, adding that his DNA was found on evidence and he identified himself in video images linked to the crime.

Judge Caroline Glennon-Goodman granted the state’s detention request. In her order, the judge said Flakes was on “second chance probation” at the time of the shooting and said he had an active federal arrest warrant.

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