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Cicero man charged with shooting woman and daughter in Romeoville

(ROMEOVILLE) A 23-year-old west suburban man was charged with attempted murder Friday for the shootings of a woman and her teenage daughter outside their Romeoville home, Will County prosecutors said.

The 33-year-old woman and her 15-year-old daughter got into an SUV outside their home in the 300 block of Emery Avenue in Romeoville about 7 a.m. Thursday when a gunman walked up and shot the girl in the head, then shot her mother in the neck, Romeoville police Chief Mark Turvey said at the time.

On Friday, Erick M. Maya, 23, of 5600 Park Avenue in Cicero, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, and one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to Chuck Pelkie, spokesman for the Will County State’s Attorney’s office.

Maya had previously been convicted of aggravated domestic battery in Cook County, according to court documents.

Judge Corey Lund signed an arrest warrant Friday afternoon, which set bond at $5 million for Maya, who will make his first court appearance via video at 9 a.m. Saturday in Joliet, according to Pelkie.

Both victims were initially taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital in serious condition, Turvey said. The teen was later airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

The daughter remained in critical condition Friday morning, he said. The mother’s condition was unknown, but she has also been transferred to Loyola. Turvey said the woman’s condition is less serious than her daughter’s.

Four persons of interest located nearby were taken into custody Thursday afternoon following the shooting, police said.

As of Friday morning, two of those had been released, while a third was being held in the Will County Adult Detention Facility on unrelated charges, police said.

Turvey said the shooting did not appear to be a random act, nor a robbery, and that either the woman or her daughter — or both — were likely targeted.



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