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PA Bill Number: HB440

Title: In criminal history record information, further providing for expungement, for petition for limited access, for clean slate limited access and for ...

Description: In criminal history record information, further providing for expungement, for petition for limited access, for clean slate limited access and f ...

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Last Action Date: Sep 22, 2020

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Illinois Self-Defense: Man on house arrest for gun case accused of opening fire at West Side birthday party, killing 2 and wounding 3. It makes your blood boil, says Chicago's top cop. :: 09/14/2020

A West Side man on house arrest for a gun case is accused of opening fire on members of a family he’d just met at a weekend birthday party in South Austin, killing two and wounding three before someone shot him, prosecutors said Monday.

Cook County prosecutors described in court how a late-night gathering with cocktails and music turned bloody early Saturday when Timmy Jordan, 39, fired seven to 10 shots into a group of revelers, striking five relatives outside a two-story apartment building in the 100 block of North Central Avenue.

One of those wounded, a concealed carry license holder, pulled his own gun and wounded Jordan before dying, authorities said.

Jordan, who shared a home with his mother on Pine Avenue where the shooting occurred, faces two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. He remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday, but his condition has improved, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy told a judge during a hearing broadcast on YouTube.

A judge ordered Jordan held without bail and granted a request by prosecutors to also hold Jordan for violating the terms of his bond from an April felony gun case when he was placed on electronic monitoring and confined to his home.

In court, prosecutors detailed how Jordan met members of Lunyea Wilson’s family when a neighbor invited the group back to his home after plans for a bowling party fell through. The family — which included Wilson’s nephew Michael Mickey, 35, and Wilson’s two brothers, 30 and 38 — was celebrating the birthday of Wilson’s 32-year-old daughter, Murphy said.

For about three hours, Wilson’s family listened to music, drank and played cards while Jordan and two other people were in a basement room, authorities said. Then one of Jordan’s companions believed someone in Wilson’s group called her a name and began yelling and cursing at them, Murphy said.

Just after 2 a.m., Jordan told the group they had to “get going” just before he pulled a firearm and opened fire in a yard outside the home. “(Jordan) first aimed at the females to his left and then continued shooting at the males to his right,” Murphy said.

The shots struck Lunyea Wilson and her daughter, along with her brothers and nephew. Mickey pulled his own gun and shot Jordan twice. Police found Jordan a block away, collapsed between two cars with his gun, Murphy said.

Lunyea Wilson, 47, and Mickey both died. Wilson’s daughter suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh and knee. One of Wilson’s brothers was shot in the abdomen and the other was shot in the thigh, authorities said.

In addition to his pending gun case, Jordan has two prior gun convictions. Prosecutors noted that felons are barred from possessing firearms, and all the witnesses called Jordan the aggressor.

“I would point out that, of the two people with guns out there, one person was legally allowed to have a gun. (He) had a valid concealed carry and (firearm owner’s identification card) and had that weapon on him when (Jordan) pulled his weapon,” Murphy told the court.

The shooting came amid a violent weekend that left at least 13 dead from gunfire and 44 others wounded. It was more deadly than the recent Labor Day weekend, when at least 51 were shot, nine fatally.

At a Monday morning news conference, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown said Jordan should have been in the jail instead of on the street.

“What are we doing? I mean, it’s beyond frustrating. It makes your blood boil if you’re one of those victims,” Brown said. “This is what we are doing. We’re making the arrest of people who possess illegal guns, which should make us safer, and yet every weekend we can bring forth an example of a person out of jail that should be in jail.”

Jordan’s attorney said he had not had a chance to interview his client. Both sides are expected to return to court next Tuesday to receive an update on Jordan’s condition.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-south-austin-backyard-birthday-shooting-20200914-zalzrj5vurf5rdvo52tvt6wd7a-story.html