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Four gunmen opened fire in Wicker Park shootout that left gunman dead, 4 bystanders wounded: Prosecutors

Teanius Sykes, 35, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, reckless discharge of a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon.

One person was killed and four others wounded in a drive-by shooting Sunday morning on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. They were among more than 40 people shot over the holiday weekend.
One person was killed and four others wounded in a drive-by shooting Sunday morning on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. They were among more than 40 people shot over the holiday weekend.
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A West Side man was one of four gunmen involved in a shootout outside a Wicker Park nightclub that left one shooter dead and four bystanders injured, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday.

“It just shocks the conscience that any dispute now, it appears, is handled with bullets,” Judge John F. Lyke Jr. said at Teanius Sykes’ bond hearing.

“Irrespective of what happened in that club, it’s settled with shots going in both direction... Innocent people going about their daily lives subjected to dodging bullets and praying they don’t get hit.”

Two pairs of men shot at each other outside The Point, in the 1500 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, Sunday morning, according prosecutors.

The gunfire broke out shortly after the owner shut down the club following an altercation between patrons inside, sending everyone out into the street, police said.

Sykes, 35, was standing near an open door of his girlfriend’s car around 3:40 a.m. when his girlfriend’s cousin, Raymond R. Jones, allegedly opened fire at a group of people outside the venue.

Someone from the group returned fire, striking 32-year-old Jones, of Champaign, in the chest as he fell between two parked cars, authorities said.

Another person standing next to Jones was also hit, prosecutors said.

Twenty seconds after the first volley of gunfire, Sykes went into the car of his girlfriend, who is a security guard, and took her handgun from the glovebox, prosecutors said. Sykes was then was captured on surveillance video shooting into the crowd by The Point, prosecutors said. Someone from the crowd returned fire, prosecutors said.

Teanius Sykes
Teanius Sykes
Chicago police arrest photo

One woman, who was walking nearby, was shot in her shoulder as she ran for cover behind a car during the second volley of shots, prosecutors said. One of two people who exited a vehicle after the first round of gunfire and saw Sykes start shooting, was hit in the leg, prosecutors said.

An additional victim suffered a gunshot wound to her leg and was treated and released at Stroger Hospital, prosecutors said.

Police recovered 13 shell casings from the gun Sykes used and 17 casings from the three other guns, prosecutors said.

Detectives were able to trace the plates of Sykes’ girlfriend’s car and confronted the couple at their home, where police found the 9mm gun used in the shooting on a coffee table, prosecutors said.

The two shooters near the entrance of the club have not been identified, prosecutors said.

Sykes did not instigate the shooting and may have acted in self-defense, his lawyer said.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Sykes told Lyke that he is a single parent raising two children. He said their mother passed away in 2016.

Lyke ordered Sykes held without bail.

Sykes has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, reckless discharge of a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon.