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Man wanted for fatal shooting of woman in Morgan Park arrested in Iowa

Derrick Wells | Linn County sheriff's office

A man wanted for the fatal shooting of a woman last week in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side was arrested Monday morning in Iowa.

Derrick “Nelson” Wells, 37, was identified as a suspect in the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Claudia Mister outside a nightclub in the 1600 block of West 115th Place about 2:45 a.m. on Sept. 3, according to a statement from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Authorities said Mister was standing outside with friends when the suspect walked up and fired a handgun several times.

Mister, of the 10600 block of South Church, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead at 5:35 a.m., authorities said.

The day after the shooting, Chicago Police released surveillance photos of the suspect in the shooting. He was described as a black man about 6-foot and 200 pounds with a medium complexion.

The U.S. Marshals Service Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force narrowed the search for Wells after a warrant was issued for a residence in the 1800 block of 5th Avenue in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, according to the statement.

Marshals coordinated with the Great Lakes Regional Task Force, Cedar Rapids police and Chicago Police to apprehend Wells, according to the statement. After hours of surveillance, he was identified and taken into custody without incident.

Wells is being held in the Linn County Correctional Center awaiting extradition to Illinois.