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Man killed teen in Portage Park over gang affiliation: prosecutors

A man accused of fatally shooting a teen in the Portage Park neighborhood last week after asking about his street gang affiliation has been ordered held without bond.

Antwan Elliott, 21, was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card, police announced Monday night.

He was ordered held without bond at a hearing Tuesday before Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr., Cook County state’s attorney’s office spokesman Stephen Campbell said.

The shooting happened about 1 p.m. March 15, when 16-year-old Giovanni Matos was walking with two friends in the 5800 block of West Patterson, prosecutors said. All three are members of a street gang.

A vehicle pulled up and one of the passengers, who prosecutors said was Elliott, got out and asked the three about their gang affiliation.

After they replied, Elliott started shooting and continued to fire at them as they ran away, prosecutors said.

Matos, of the 5500 block of West Henderson, was shot in the back of the head and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he died after surgery, according to prosecutors and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

One of Matos’ friends recognized Elliott, who is in a different gang, and gave his nickname to police, prosecutors said. He also recognized the defendant in a photo lineup.

Two other people also witnessed the shooting, and authorities recovered shell casings from the scene, prosecutors said.

Elliott was arrested Saturday, after police pulled over a vehicle in which he was riding and smelled cannabis, prosecutors said. Elliott took off running, and authorities allegedly found a gun in his waistband after they caught up to him and took him into custody.

Elliot, of the 1600 block of North Oak Park, will next appear in court April 10 for a preliminary hearing, officials said.