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Two charged in orchestrating robbery that led to deadly shootout in Stony Island Park

Deontae Malone and Jeremiah Jordan planned to rob Sean Wilson, who was selling “lean” — a street name for a drink made with cough syrup — but ended up killing Wilson during a shootout, prosecutors said.

Chicago police investigate the fatal shooting of Sean Wilson Monday in the 8300 block of South Cregier Avenue in the Stony Island Park neighborhood.
Chicago police investigate the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Sean Wilson Monday in the 8300 block of South Cregier Avenue in the Stony Island Park neighborhood.
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Two 18-year-old men were ordered held without bail Wednesday for allegedly orchestrating a robbery that turned deadly in Stony Island Park earlier this week.

Deontae Malone and Jeremiah Jordan had planned to rob Sean Wilson, who was selling “lean” — a street name for a drink made with cough syrup — but ended up killing him Monday when a gunfight erupted after a concealed-carry permit holder in the passenger seat of Wilson’s car opened fire, Cook County prosecutors said.

During the shooting, the unarmed Wilson, 21, was shot in the neck. Malone and Jordan were also hit, prosecutors said.

Malone had reached out to Wilson and set up a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 8400 block of South Cregier Avenue after Wilson had posted on Facebook that he was selling the drug cocktail, prosecutors said.

Once there, Malone and Jordan approached Wilson’s car and took the drugs, but gave Wilson only $6 in return, prosecutors said. Malone said he could pay for the remainder with Cash App, a finance application that allows two people to exchange money.

Deontae Malone arrest photo
Deontae Malone
Chicago police

Wilson said he didn’t have the app, so Wilson and Jordan asked the 30-year-old man seated in the passenger seat if he did.

The 30-year-old man told the pair he did have the app but said they needed to “stop playing,” Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said.

That’s when Malone pulled out a .40-caliber handgun and Jordan walked up to the passenger door with a 9 mm handgun before announcing a robbery, prosecutors said.

The alleged robbers became frustrated when neither Wilson nor the 30-year-old man had cash on them, prompting Jordan to fire a round into the 30-year-old man’s leg, prosecutors said.

The 30-year-old man, who is licensed to carry a concealed gun, pulled out his own pistol and took aim at Jordan, Murphy said, and told Wilson to “pull off.”

As Wilson began to drive away, the concealed-carry holder heard several gunshots and returned fire through the open passenger door, before noticing Wilson started having a seizure and was bleeding from the neck, prosecutors said.

Wilson crashed the car and later died, but the older man remained at the scene and told officers what happened, prosecutors said.

Reports of two men running with guns in the area led police to find Jordan in the basement of a home with a gunshot wound to his right leg, prosecutors said. Jordan, of Hazel Crest, was taken in custody before he transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Jeremiah Jordan arrest photo
Jeremiah Jordan
Chicago police

Malone, of South Chicago, showed up Trinity Hospital a short time later with a gunshot to his arm. He was placed in custody after he was treated, prosecutors said.

In interviews with detectives, both Jordan and Malone allegedly admitted to pre-planning the robbery, though both denied shooting first.

Evidence recovered at the scene supported the concealed-carry holder’s version of the shooting and that Malone had likely shot Wilson, prosecutors said

Both men are charged with murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.

Malone’s defense attorney, Herschel Rush, suggested his client and his alleged cohort may have fired in self-defense.

Jordan’s assistant public defender argued that because the shooting happened between two parties involved in an illegal drug deal, his client would not be a danger to the community if released on bond.

Judge Arthur Wesley Willis said while it was “a very compelling argument,” he disagreed, saying the defendants allegedly started the shooting in a public street.

Jordan and Malone are expected back in court Sept. 28.