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No bail for man charged in fatal Humboldt Park shooting

Davon Sumrall claimed the shooting was “self-defense,” but investigators recovered text messages of his expressing plans to rob 35-year-old Derrick Mitchell, prosecutors said.

More than a dozen people were arrested in the second phase of a drug trafficking investigation, authorities announced July 14, 2020.
Davon Sumrall was charged with murder and held without bail in the May 26, 2020, shooting of Derrick Michell in Humboldt Park.
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Bail was denied Tuesday for a man who allegedly shot two people, one of them fatally, last month in Humboldt Park on the West Side.

Davon Sumrall was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Monday in connection with the May 26 shooting death of 35-year-old Derrick Mitchell, according to a bond proffer prepared by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

That night, Mitchell was inside his apartment in the 4100 block of West Crystal Avenue with two other people who were preparing bags of drugs to sell, prosecutors said.

About 9:50 p.m., Mitchell and a woman were heading out to get cigarettes, and he carried a .357 revolver in his waistband, prosecutors said. When the woman opened the building’s main door, she and Mitchell were met by Sumrall, her ex-boyfriend, who was pointing a gun at her.

Sumrall said to her “B----, you gonna keep playing with me?” and fired six to seven rounds, prosecutors said. The woman ran up the stairs and saw Mitchell lying on the ground when she turned around.

Mitchell had been fatally shot in the chest, and she was grazed in the thigh, prosecutors said. He was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital, and the 23-year-old woman was treated at the same hospital for her wounds, police said.

Another person in the apartment came to help and tossed Mitchell’s revolver outside when she noticed it, prosecutors said. Officers on the scene recovered his weapon as well as .380 casings in the vestibule of the apartment. Mitchell’s revolver had fired three casings, with four bullets remaining inside.

Investigators also found a black cellphone in the parkway and heroin, live ammo, and drug packaging in the apartment, prosecutors said.

Sumrall admitted to the shooting but claimed self-defense, prosecutors said. He told investigators he was going to buy drugs and that he arrived to Mitchell pointing a gun at him.

However, Sumrall sent text messages before the attack expressing plans to rob Mitchell, prosecutors said.

Sumrall was ordered held without bail Tuesday, and his next court date is scheduled for July 6.