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Man captured in Iowa charged with murder of woman in Morgan Park

A man arrested last week in Iowa for the fatal shooting of a woman in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday in Chicago.

Darrick Wells, 36, 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. Sept. 3, according to Chicago Police and 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. He was described as a black man about 6-foot and 200 pounds with a medium complexion.

The alert prompted several key leads from people who called detectives with information about the shooting, police said. Using that information, Area South detectives obtained a warrant for Wells.

The U. S. Marshals Service Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force 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 in the 1800 block of 5th Avenue in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Sept. 15 without incident.

Chicago Police took Wells into custody Tuesday and he was charged with first-degree murder, police said.

Wells, who lives in Cedar Rapids, is scheduled to appear in bond court Wednesday.