Austin man held in murder, shooting of two others

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An Austin man was ordered held without bail Thursday for allegedly killing a man and shooting two others after an argument broke out earlier this summer.

Demetrius Bronson and one of the victims were involved in an “incident” days before the shooting June 14, Cook County prosecutors said.

Although Assistant State’s Attorney Joe DiBella did not detail what happened between Bronson and the 31-year-old man, he said the man confronted Bronson with his other two friends in the 900 block of Lorel Avenue.

Soon, the others — Byron Floyd and a 36-year-old man — started arguing with Bronson, DiBella said. During the argument, Bronson allegedly pulled out a gun and started firing.

Floyd, 31, was struck in right flank and back. He fell to the pavement immediately and died from his injuries, DiBella said.

The 36-year-old man was shot four times as he tried to run away, DiBella said. That man survived as did the other 31-year-old, who was shot in the leg, DiBella said.

Two witnesses who saw the shooting and one of the victims identified Bronson in a photo array, DiBella said.

Bronson, of the 900 block of Lorel Avenue, has been charged with murder and two counts of aggravated battery.

Bronson, 27, is a graduate of Austin Community High School and has an 8-month-old daughter, according to Assistant Public Defender Sandra Bennewitz.

He has previously worked as a machinist and at an area Home Depot, Bennewitz added.

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