No bail for man charged in ‘execution style’ shooting CTA tunnel that left 1 dead

“There’s video evidence footage, it’s quite shocking video,” interim CPD Supt. Charlie Beck said.

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Police say they have arrested someone in connection to a Feb. 17, 2020, shooting in the tunnel connecting the Jackson Red and Blue lines in the 200 block of South Dearborn.

Police arrested Torrez Cathery in connection to a Feb. 17, 2020, shooting in the tunnel connecting the Jackson Red and Blue lines in the 200 block of South Dearborn.

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A 23-year-old Park Manor man was denied bail Friday in connection with the “execution style” shooting on the CTA earlier this week that left a man dead and two others wounded, according to court records.

Torrez Cathery is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm in the shooting death of 24-year-old Edward Charleston, according to a bond proffer prepared by Cook County prosecutors.

Cathery allegedly fired 13 shots, fatally striking Charleston and seriously wounding a man and woman early about 2 a.m. Monday in a pedestrian tunnel connecting the Red and Blue lines at Jackson, 218 S. State St., prosecutors said.

Torrez Cathery

Torrez Cathery

Chicago police

The shooting, captured on CTA surveillance cameras, was in the presence of two babies and other commuters, prosecutors said.

Cathery and Charleston were riding the same Red Line train and both stepped off at Jackson, where and Charleston followed Cathery into the pedway to get him to talk about a prior incident, prosecutors said.

In October, Cathery allegedly pushed Charleston’s twin 4-month-olds and threatened him with a knife, and Charleston wanted to discuss it, prosecutors said.

In the tunnel, Cathery allegedly turned around and fired on Cathery and two others, prosecutors said.

Cathery ran to the other end of the tunnel, turned around again to fire more shots, prosecutors said. He went up the stairs, but returned to the tunnel about a full minute later, prosecutors said.

Standing over the other wounded man, Cathery allegedly fired two shots at his head, prosecutors said. That man had seven gunshot wounds and remains on life support.

Charleston was shot nine times and was able to run from the tunnel before Cathery returned, but he later died, prosecutors said.

Cathery escaped, but was arrested in west suburban Oak Park Thursday, two days after a warrant was issued for his arrest, Chicago police said.

A 19-year-old woman was shot in the back and listed in good condition. Police said she didn’t appear to be involved in the argument between the men.

U.S. Marshals and Chicago Police officers stunned Cathery and recovered a 9mm handgun, which tested as the same gun used in the tunnel shooting, police and prosecutors said.

He has been arrested 22 times on gun, trespassing, battery and drug charges, among others, according to police.

On Wednesday, interim CPD Supt. Charlie Beck provided details of the attack, and said the video evidence is “quite shocking,” showing Cathery shooting one of the victims “execution style.”

Two babies — 6-month-old twins — were in the vicinity of the shooting, Beck said. The children were in the group that included the three victims, but the woman who was shot isn’t their mother, he said.

The shooting comes amid a spike in crime on CTA property.

On Friday, Beck announced that SWAT officers would begin riding CTA trains. He said he will unveil a larger plan next week that calls for “a vastly increased presence” that includes “some technology” and “some participation by the CTA.”

Cathery is due back in court March 12.

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