Thanks to invaluable information provided by community residents, Chicago Police arrested and charged a man in Saturday’s shooting death of Rogers Park resident William Lewis.
Eric Vaughn of the 4400 block of North Clarendon in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and reckless driving. He was ordered held without bail.
According to police, Vaughn was driving a car with several passengers when they saw a rival gang member walking down Devon Avenue. Vaughn allegedly handed a gun to the alleged shooter and told him to get out of the car and shoot the rival gang member. The alleged shooter exited the vehicle with another passenger and began firing the weapon, missing the intended target, but hitting Mr. Lewis in the back as he was waiting for a bus.
The two assailants then chased the rival gang member south on Glenwood Avenue with the shooter continuing to fire the gun. A witness was able to photograph the two as they ran down Glenwood. Vaughn meanwhile drove off looking for the two passengers.
Witnesses reported seeing Vaughn drive the wrong way down Highland Avenue, one block south of Devon. Some of the witnesses used their cell phone cameras to photograph the vehicle. Fortunately, the next block of Highland was closed for a block party, forcing Vaughn to return to Devon. Once back on Devon, Vaughn and his vehicle were spotted by other witnesses, who flagged down responding patrol cars.
In the meantime, Vaughn exited the car and began walking east on Devon. Based on a detailed description of Vaughn provided by one of the eyewitnesses, police apprehended Vaughn about a block away and placed him under arrest.
The individual who is suspected of firing the weapon remains at large and police are searching for him.
According to Commander Waldera, community residents played an essential role in the apprehension of the individuals. Without their willingness to provide police with information, including descriptions of the assailants and their vehicle, the police may not have been able to make the arrests. The police also believe that information provided by other witnesses will lead to the arrest of the actual gunman.
All too often, a “code of silence” has impeded investigations of shootings and homicides across the City, including Rogers Park, leaving the perpetrators free to continue their violence and the victims and their relatives without a measure of justice. We must break down the fear and mistrust that prevents good people from sharing critical information.
If you have seen anything that might aid in the investigation and prosecution of this crime, please contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-8200.
In the meantime, I invite you to a special “Rogers Park Positive Loitering” event and walk this Wednesday evening, July 16. We plan to gather at the northwest corner of Devon and Glenwood (1400 W. Devon) at7:00 p.m. 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman and I will attend.
Rogers Park Positive Loitering, is a group of area residents who gather together several evenings each month to stroll through the neighborhood or simply “loiter” on certain street corners. Their sole purpose is to deter crime by their positive presence on the street.
The group is changing the location of their previously scheduled walk in light of the recent shooting and plans to walk in both the Rogers Park and Edgewater. We will start the walk with a moment of quiet reflection in honor of the victim, William Lewis, and his family, as well as for all the victims of gun violence in our community.
Please join us as we gather as one community to reaffirm our commitment to our neighborhood and one another.