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Joliet teen charged in January’s fatal shooting in Portage Park

Tramian Barnes. / phofrom Chicago police.

Tramian Barnes. / photo from Chicago police.

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Updated: February 12, 2014 3:53PM



A Joliet teenager was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail Wednesday for allegedly shooting another man to death last month in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood.

Alex Anderson knew his killer and told police, witnesses and his girlfriend that Tramian Barnes shot him twice while he was sitting in Barnes’ car on Jan. 20, Cook County prosecutors said.

“Tre shot me,” Anderson allegedly said.

Moments before the shooting, a friend saw 19-year-old Anderson go into an alley in the 4300 block of North Milwaukee.

When Anderson didn’t return, the friend texted him, but he didn’t answer.

Minutes later, Anderson turned up at his home in the 5000 block of West Cullom holding his bleeding abdomen, prosecutors said.

A witness gave Anderson a towel, which he pressed against his chest.

Anderson, worried he was going to die, started panicking and told the authorities and his friends that Barnes had shot him, prosecutors said.

Anderson later died at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He suffered gunshot wounds to his abdomen and arm.

Prosecutors said police recovered a .22 and .32 caliber gun from 18-year-old Barnes’ residence. Those weapons are still being processed.

Barnes’ cellphone records show that he was in the vicinity of Milwaukee and Cullom when Anderson was shot, prosecutors said.

Barnes, who was recently in Georgia where he had family, was recently brought to Chicago to face murder charges.

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