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Boy, 17, charged with killing man, wounding teen in Austin shooting

Part of a glass bus shelter shattered during a shooting that left one teen wounded and another dead in the Austin neighborhood Monday morning. | Mitch Dudek/Sun-Times

A 17-year-old boy charged with a shooting that killed a man and wounded another teenager last week in the West Side Austin neighborhood has been ordered held without bail.

Michael Palmore is charged with felony counts of first-degree murder and aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm in connection with the Dec. 11 shooting, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Palmore fired at Keayon Brooks, 18, of the Humboldt Park neighborhood and another 17-year-old boy at a bus shelter shortly after 9 a.m. in the 4900 block of West Division, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Brooks was shot multiple times and the 17-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to his leg, authorities said. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, where Brooks was pronounced dead.

Both teens shot were students at Youth Connection Charter School West, a charter school that gives a second chance to students ages 16 to 21 who previously dropped out of school.

The shooting happened steps from the school.

Judge Sophia Atcherson ordered Palmore held without bail Tuesday, according to the state’s attorney’s office. He is next scheduled to appear in court Dec. 28.