CHICAGO (CBS) — A man accused of opening fire inside a fast food restaurant in Englewood, killing two people and wounding several more, has been charged with murder, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said.
Arthur Chaney, 23, of 6612 S. Peoria was charged Friday morning with two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said.
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The shooting at Church’s Chicken at 66th and Halsted happened Tuesday about 6:50 p.m., while the restaurant was packed during the dinner rush.
Two boys — Dantril Brown, 17, and Jawan Ross, 16 — were pronounced dead at the scene.
Two boys ages 15 and 17, and men ages 22, 51 and 58, were wounded in the shooting.
Police say Brown and Ross were not the intended victims. They were just trying to get food for dinner in the crowded eatery when the gunman opened fire around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the gunman missed his intended target.
Police said the incident began when the gunman got in an argument with another man outside the restaurant, then escalated when he followed the second man inside and started shooting. Video evidence has been recovered.
Dantril’s mother, Regina Brown, wept on Wednesday as her family tried to comfort her.
“I don’t want to bury my baby,” she said. “He didn’t even get a chance to run for his life.”
Jawan’s loved ones stopped by the murder scene on Wednesday to see where the Robeson High School sophomore lost his life. It was an emotional scene as they peered through the glass of the now-shuttered restaurant.
“My grandson belonged to me … not whoever took it upon themself to kill him,” his grandmother, Georgia Jackson, said. “That was my baby.”
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report