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Stolen gun prompted shooting that killed teen: prosecutors

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Updated: September 5, 2013 7:20PM

A South Side man who was hiding in an attic after fatally shooting a teenage boy Monday night fell through the ceiling and was arrested, according to prosecutors.

The fatal shooting was prompted by a stolen gun, authorities said. The weapon belonged to the alleged shooter in the case, Michael O. Johnson — and Johnson was out for blood, authorities said.

About 5:30 p.m. Monday, Johnson and two other men approached a home in the 10500 block of South LaSalle —where the gun thief was known to frequent — and opened fire on a group on the porch.

Maurice Knowles, 16, was struck in the back and died about two hours later at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A 24-year-old was also injured, but suffered only a graze wound and declined medical attention.

Witnesses “heard a warning” about someone near the gangway and saw a male in a dark hooded sweatshirt point a gun at the porch, according to court documents. Witnesses identified the gunman as “Mike Mike” Johnson, provided his address and identified him in a photo.

The wounded man provided authorities with a nickname for another of the suspects, according to court documents. But police described him as uncooperative in theinvestigation. Another witness identified the third person when the men were seen fleeing through an alley.

When police arrived at Johnson’s home, he tried to kick out a window, but fell through the ceiling from the attic where he was hiding, according to court documents. Police then searched the home and found a hooded sweatshirt that matched the description given by witnesses, but no gun.

Judge Israel A. Desierto ordered Johnson 23, of the 300 block of West 106th Place, held on $1.5 million bond Thursday.

One of the other men is in custody and charges are pending, police said. A third man has not yet been arrested.


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