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Man charged with shooting his toddler, ex-girlfriend through West Side apartment window

Michael Williams, 30, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and felony gun charges.

A man upset with his ex-girlfriend shot her and their young son when he fired a gun through a kitchen window while trying to get into their West Side garden apartment, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.

Michael Williams, 30, faces attempted murder, aggravated battery and felony gun charges, for Tuesday night’s shooting, which took place after Williams repeatedly called and texted his 30-year-old ex, prosecutors said.

Michael Williams
Michael Williams
Chicago police

A Chicago police POD camera recorded Williams as he walked into the gangway of the woman’s building around 11:45 p.m, prosecutors said.

After, the woman heard banging on her kitchen door and saw Williams standing outside, prosecutors said.

The former couple share three children, including a 20-month-old boy who Williams’ ex-girlfriend was holding when Williams started pounding on the door, prosecutors said.

After breaking the glass window on the door with his hands, Williams fired multiple shots into the apartment, prosecutors said. Williams’ ex-girlfriend suffered graze wounds to a finger and her back. The toddler boy was struck multiple times in the legs. The child was still recovering at a hospital on Thursday, prosecutors said.

Williams was arrested early Wednesday while he was driving in the 7200 block of North Sheridan Road. He was bleeding from a cut on his hand when he was apprehended and blood was found on the broken glass of victims’ kitchen window. A .40-caliber handgun was also recovered from Williams’ car, prosecutors said.

While in custody, Williams allegedly admitted to detectives that he fired the shots.

Williams was sentenced to a year of conditional discharge in 2011 for endangering the life of another one of his children with the woman he shot, prosecutors said. That child was 5 at the time of the offense.

Williams, a father of four, works as a general laborer for Midwest Cannabis Corp., an assistant public defender said.

Judge Mary Marubio ordered Williams held without bail Thursday.

He’s expected back in court June 11.