Uptown man opened fire on a busy street corner while on an ankle monitor for another gun case, prosecutors say

Donald Williams (Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors said on Wednesday that a man on electronic monitoring for a felony gun case opened fire on a car near a busy Uptown intersection last month. No injuries were reported in the shooting, which was caught on video.

Judge Caroline Glennon-Goodman detained Donald Williams, 27, as a safety risk and a flight risk during a court hearing yesterday afternoon.

Surveillance videos showed Williams, also known as “TFG Don Don,” walking near Argyle and Kenmore shortly before the shooting at 9:58 a.m. on June 23, a Chicago police report said.

Williams was seen holding a gun in the video and “recklessly firing” the weapon at a black Nissan parked in the 4900 block of North Kenmore, according to the report. Police said the vehicle was occupied, but they did not know who was inside. Investigators found ten shell casings at the scene.

The report said additional video footage showed Williams running from the scene and entering a residential complex connected to the building where he lives.

CPD detectives contacted the Cook County Sheriff’s Office electronic monitoring division to get the location history from Williams’ ankle monitor. According to police, the data showed Williams was at the shooting scene at the time of the shooting. It also showed that his ankle monitor followed the path the gunman took after the shooting, the report said.

Chicago cops joined sheriff’s deputies to arrest Williams on Tuesday. He is charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and aggravated discharge of a firearm toward an occupied vehicle.

He is the 17th person accused of shooting, killing, or trying to shoot or kill someone in Chicago this year while on pretrial release.

Williams was on electronic monitoring for a gun case that originated with a traffic stop early on December 7, 2021. He was the front seat passenger of a vehicle that an Illinois State Police trooper stopped for traffic violations, according to court records.

After he stepped out of the vehicle, officers found a loaded firearm on the seat where he had been sitting, police said. The cops said they found a second loaded firearm in the center console, along with a large amount of cash and marijuana. Williams’ attorney has been fighting the case on Fourth Amendment grounds.

Number 18

Chicago police recently arrested a 58-year-old Calumet City man after he was identified as the person who shot another man earlier this year. Once the suspect was in custody, though, the victim stopped cooperating with authorities, forcing prosecutors to drop an aggravated battery charge, according to CPD records.

The man was, however, charged with felony manufacture-delivery of cannabis. At the time of the shooting, he was on pretrial release for being a felon in possession of a firearm and manufacture-delivery of cannabis, court records show.

We are not identifying him by name because he is not criminally charged with the shooting.

He is the 18th person accused of shooting, killing, or trying to shoot or kill someone in Chicago this year while on pretrial release. And he is the fifth person accused of doing it while on pretrial release under the SAFE-T Act’s cashless bail system.

The “not horrible” series

This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others on pretrial release 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.

On September 18, 2023, Illinois eliminated cash bail entirely. Our “not horrible” continues.

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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Tim Hecke is CWBChicago's managing partner. He started his career at KMOX, the legendary news radio station in St. Louis. From there, he moved on to work at stations in Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York City. Tim went on to build syndicated radio news and content services that served every one of America's 100 largest radio markets. He became CWBChicago's managing partner in 2019. His email address is tim@cwbchicago.com