Man facing murder charge after allegedly shooting man who tried to burglarize his car in Humboldt Park

Adam Woods, 33, allegedly shot the 22-year-old after the younger man attempted to burglarize Woods’ car on Sept. 14.

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A man was arrested Feb. 18, 2021, and charged with murder in connection with a shooting from September 2020.


An aspiring songwriter and music producer has been charged with first-degree murder in a shooting last September in Humboldt Park.

Adam Woods, 33, was arrested Thursday and charged with shooting Lazaro Vazquez on Sept. 14, Chicago police said.

That day around about 5:40 a.m., Vazquez and his girlfriend were driving around looking for a car to burglarize when they spotted a seemingly unoccupied white sedan in the 2900 block of West Chicago Avenue, Cook County prosecutors said in court Saturday.

Vazquez approached the vehicle, which had heavily tinted windows, and tried to open the driver’s side door, prosecutors said.

Video from the area showed Vazquez, 22, appeared startled when the door opened and Woods stepped out, prosecutors said.

As Vazquez turned away to run back to his car, Woods fired at least three shots, striking Vazquez in the back of his head, lower back and knee, prosecutors said.

Vazquez was unarmed and never threatened Woods during the encounter, prosecutors added.

In the video, Woods was seen wearing a mask when he exited and re-entered the car, which is registered to his girlfriend, prosecutors said.

Police recovered a red cell phone at the scene, which was also traced back to Woods, prosecutors said.

Woods works as a janitor and tutors young people in music production and songwriting, his private attorney said.

Woods, whom prosecutor said has two previous gun-related felony charges, was ordered held without bail Saturday for Vazquez’ murder.

Prosecutors said they expect to file an additional armed habitual criminal charge against him.

Woods is expected back in court Monday.

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