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Kelsky Patterson. / phofrom Chicago police.

Kelsky Patterson. / photo from Chicago police.

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A reputed gang member already in Cook County Jail for a North Side shooting in September was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail Thursday for allegedly gunning down a man and wounding four others outside an Uptown church a month before.

Kelsky Patterson and another person fired out of a white four-door vehicle, striking Darius Oliver, who had been standing outside the Uptown Baptist Church at Wilson and Sheridan on the night of Aug. 19, Cook County prosecutors said.

Oliver, 21, died four days later.

Four others who were shot survived.

At the time of the drive-by shooting, Uptown Baptist Church’s senior pastor Michael Allen tweeted that about 20 gunshots were fired outside of the house of worship during its Monday night meal for the homeless.

Cellphone records indicate that Patterson was in the area, and witnesses had given a physical description matching that of the 20-year-old purported Black P Stone member, who has a tattoo of an AK-47 between his eyebrows, authorities said.

Video from the area also captured Patterson and his two uncharged co-offenders fleeing the scene, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said.

During the course of the investigation, an FBI informant named Patterson as an offender in the late summer shooting, Santini said.

Patterson, who has 47 arrests under his belt, was later identified in a photo array by witnesses and surviving victims, Santini said.

Just a month after the shooting, on Sept. 19, Patterson allegedly shot and injured a 14-year-old boy and 22-year-old man while sitting on his bike at West Wilson and North Broadway.

For that shooting, Patterson, who goes by the street name “Bird,” was ordered held on $800,000 bond on Sept. 26 and has remained in Cook County Jail since.

“Clearly he’s a danger to society,” Santini told Judge Laura Sullivan before she set bond for the latest charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery.

Patterson is a deliveryman for Chicago Steak, Fish and Chicken, assistant public defender Edward Koziboski said.

Patterson, of the 4600 block of South Drexel, has several other tattoos on his face, including one that reads: “My son was born Kentrell on July 27, 2013,” according to a police report.

He also has a tattoo near his right eye that says, “fear” and one near his left eye that reads “none,” the report said.


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