Woman accused of shooting at 2 people in River North this week was accused of a similar crime in January, but prosecutors rejected felony charges that time

Amira Wilson (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A woman accused of shooting a gun at two people after an argument on a River North street corner this week was arrested under very similar circumstances earlier this year, but prosecutors refused to charge her with a felony back then. She wasn’t so fortunate this time.

Amira Wilson, who has worked as an outsourced janitor at the Chicago Police Department’s Deering (9th) District station, was detained this week by Judge Caroline Glennon-Goodman.

Back in January, a 31-year-old woman told police that she got into an argument with Wilson while waiting for an Uber outside Shark’s Fish and Chicken, 2640 East 75th Street. The woman, who was with her 13-year-old daughter, said she knew Wilson because Wilson was dating her ex-boyfriend, a CPD report said.

According to the report, the woman said the argument escalated until Wilson pulled out a gun and fired shots toward her and her daughter. No injuries were reported.

Police arrested Wilson, 36, at the 9th District station on April 3, but prosecutors refused to approve felony charges due to a “lack of corroborating evidence,” the CPD report said. So, Wilson was only charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault. Records show that the prosecutor dropped the entire case in May after the victim failed to show up in court.

Just six weeks after prosecutors spiked the case, cops arrested Wilson again for allegedly firing shots at two people in River North on Monday. Once again, no injuries were reported.

A Moody Bible Institute Department of Public Safety officer called out shots fired upon hearing gunfire near LaSalle and Chicago Avenue shortly after 1 a.m., according to a newly filed CPD report. The officers began searching the area.

Meanwhile, a concealed carry license holder told police that he saw Wilson pull out a gun and fire toward two women she had been arguing with in a nearby crosswalk. The concealed carry holder pulled out his own gun and followed Wilson into an alley, the report said.

The Moody Bible officer intercepted them in the 700 block of North Clark. According to the report, Wilson immediately threw her hands into the air to surrender when she saw the Moody Bible officer.
The Moody officer detained Wilson until CPD officers arrived. Police recovered at least one shell casing and learned that a city surveillance camera recorded portions of the incident.

This time, prosecutors approved two felony charges against Wilson: endangering others by recklessly discharging a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

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