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Indiana man charged with killing man, shooting victim’s brother

Tyondae Lee, 20, was denied bail Friday.

The Leighton Criminal Courthouse.
Tyondae Lee was arrested in Merrillville, Indiana on a no-bail arrest warrant and extradited back to Chicago Thursday, according to court records.
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An Indiana man has been charged with shooting two brothers, killing one of them, during an argument in East Side last month.

On the night of Sept. 12, Juan Gomez-Torres was returning to his apartment with his two brothers after attending a party next door when they encountered Tyondae Lee and his girlfriend, Cook County prosecutors said.

Tyondae Lee
Tyondae Lee
Chicago police

Lee and his girlfriend, who lived in the basement of the building, in the 10600 block of South Mackinaw Avenue, were on the front porch and prevented the brothers from entering the gate, prosecutors said.

An argument allegedly followed. During the fight, Lee, 20, said that he had a gun, which prompted one of Gomez-Torres’ brothers to walk to a garage behind the building to get his own weapon, prosecutors said.

As that brother was retrieving his gun, he heard multiple gunshots and ran back to the front of the building where he found his two wounded brothers, prosecutors said. Officers arrived as the uninjured brother stood in front of the building with a gun. He was taken into custody, although prosecutors did not say Friday whether he was later charged.

Lee and his girlfriend fled, but surveillance cameras captured the license plate of Lee’s Dodge Dart, prosecutors said.

Gomez-Torres, 43, and his 39-year-old brother who was shot were taken to University of Chicago Medical Center. Gomez-Torres died of gunshot wounds to his chest and head. The injured brother was released from the hospital earlier this month.

Both surviving brothers and a witness who saw Lee waving a gun during the argument identified Lee as the shooter, prosecutors said.

Lee was arrested in Merrillville, Indiana on a no-bail arrest warrant and extradited back to Chicago Thursday, according to court records.

Lee was ordered held without bail on murder and attempted murder charges Friday.

He is expected back in court Nov. 19.