CHICAGO (STMW) – A convicted felon was ordered held without bond Saturday for allegedly shooting a 10-year-old boy as he played football in his front yard in Austin earlier this week.
“Do you think this is a joke?” Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesel asked 31-year-old Darris Moore.
Police said the boy was playing near his home in the 900 block of North Waller Avenue for Wednesday when a fight broke out between two nearby groups of males.
Moore then came running north on Waller, firing shots at one of the groups involved in the fight, police said.
One of the bullets struck the boy, who was not the intended target, police said. Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said the boy was initially taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in “stable” condition.
The boy’s aunt was parked in a car on the street and witnessed the shooting, according to prosecutors. She told police she heard a gunshot, then saw Moore chase down a man. Moore knocked the man to the ground, then stood over him and tried to shoot him, but his gun jammed, prosecutors said.
A second witness saw Moore running with the gun and helped police find him as he ran on Chicago Avenue, authorities said.
A 9 mm live round and a shell casing were found at the scene. A police camera also allegedly caught Moore in the area 15 minutes before the shooting.
Moore was currently on probation for a 2008 armed robbery. He has seven felony convictions.
Moore, of the 800 block of North Waller Avenue, is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm.
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