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Chicago man charged in 2 Tuesday shootings in separate parts of city

Joey Jones / Phofrom Chicago Police Department

Joey Jones / Photo from Chicago Police Department

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Updated: April 2, 2014 5:04PM



A 31-year-old man was ordered held without bond Wednesday, one day after he allegedly killed a convenience store cashier in Chicago Lawn and then shot and injured a man — a friend of the suspected gunman’s father — near a currency exchange in Uptown hours later.

Joey Jones shot 57-year-old Omar Maslat as Maslat tried to lock the front gate to the front door of the Super Sale Food Mart early Tuesday morning, Cook County prosecutors said.

Maslat was taking orders from a store clerk who Jones had thrown change at after requesting, then receiving a display T-shirt in the store, Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Mack said.

When Jones went to another aisle and grabbed a Gatorade, the clerk told Maslat to lock Jones inside the business, in the 2400 block of West 63rd Street, Mack said.

That’s when Jones shot Maslat in the chest with a revolver and fled in a white Ford Crown Victoria, Mack said.

Maslat, of Bridgeview, died a short time later at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Little more than three hours after Maslat was shot, Jones called his father asking for money and agreed to meet with him at a currency exchange in Uptown, Mack said.

Jones’ father was also meeting a 50-year-old co-worker at the business, in the 4500 block of North Broadway, because he also needed to give him cash, Mack said.

Jones’ father introduced his son to his friend but as the friend walked toward his car, Jones ran up from behind and shot the man in the neck.

Jones then allegedly fled in his Crown Victoria with his girlfriend and infant twins in the car.

He was captured on surveillance cameras in both shootings and his girlfriend saw him put the gun under the car seat after he fired and wounded the second victim, Mack said.

Jones was arrested Tuesday night at his apartment in the 3000 block of West Armitage Ave.

There, officers recovered a Smith & Wesson, a .38 caliber, six-shot revolver loaded with three live rounds and two expended casings, Mack said.

Prosecutors, during Jones’ first court appearance, didn’t say what the motive was for the shootings.

Jones’ criminal record includes three felony drug convictions.

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