Man charged with murder for February shooting in Austin

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Michael Dukes | Chicago Police

Bond was set at $2.5 million for a man charged with shooting a man to death in February in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

Michael Dukes, 21, is charged with one count of first-degree murder for shooting 22-year-old Rashawn Gooden Jr. on the morning of Feb. 16, authorities said.

Dukes, who lives in the 5000 block of West Crystal, was also charged with a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession between 2.5 and 10 grams.

He was in a convenience store in the 4900 block of West Division about 9 a.m. when Gooden walked in and bought a drink, according to Cook County prosecutors and Chicago Police. As Gooden was leaving the store, he said something to Dukes.

Dukes followed Gooden out and fired at him about six times while standing in the store’s doorway, prosecutors said. He then ran westbound on Division.

Gooden, who lived in the 4800 block of West Augusta, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:38 a.m., police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Investigators found six spent .45-caliber shell casings at the scene of the shooting, according to court documents. The next day, a witness overheard Dukes admit he shot Gooden while talking on his cellphone. After the phone conversation, he tried to sell or trade a .45-caliber handgun to a witness.

Cook County Circuit Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered Dukes held on a $2.5 million bond Friday.

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