Man, 19, charged with killing teen, shooting dog in West Side attacks

Police say he participated in a West Garfield Park drive-by in 2020 and then, last month, broke into a home, attacked the people inside and shot their dog.

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A teenager has been charged with fatally shooting someone last year in West Garfield Park and then, in March, breaking into a home, attacking the people inside and shooting their dog.

Eugene Burns, 19, was a participant in the Sept. 3 shooting that killed 17-year-old Jaylin Jerome Mason, Chicago police said.

Someone fired shots from a passing black Nissan Altima that evening as Mason stood in a group, police said. Mason was struck in the neck and chest and pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital.

On March 13, Burns forced his way into a home in the 5200 block of West Van Buren in the Austin neighborhood, police said. He allegedly battered a woman and two men in their 50s and 60s and shot their dog.

Burns was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder, three counts of home invasion, aggravated cruelty to animals and possession of a stolen vehicle, police said.

He appeared in court Thursday, where he was ordered held without bail on the murder charge and issued $1 million bail for the home invasion offense. He is due back in court July 13.

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