Chicago judge denies release on bail of Chinatown gunman: ‘overwhelming’ evidence of ‘execution’ murder
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A Chicago judge has dismissed the bail plea of the man accused of shooting and killing a 71-year-old Asian man near a Chinatown school in broad daylight on Tuesday.
Alphonso Joyner, 23, appeared in court Thursday after allegedly shooting Woom Sing Tse 20 times as he walked past John C. Haines Elementary School. The school went into confinement after the first shots.
Police charged Joyner with first degree murder.
Judge Maryam Ahmad cited “overwhelming” evidence as she refused any bail for Joyner, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Ahmad called the shooting an “execution”.
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Deputy State Attorney James Murphy said his team could not provide a reason for the shooting, only suggesting that “sometimes people just do bad things.”
Surveillance images shows the suspect driving next to Woom around 12:30 p.m. and opening fire. He then got out of the car and continued to shoot the victim before returning to his vehicle and walking away.
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Medical professionals attempted to treat Woom’s injuries at a local hospital, but ultimately declared him dead.
Police obtained Joyner’s registration number and used multiple cameras to locate his vehicle. Police found a gun inside the vehicle that matched 9mm shell casings recovered from the scene.
Joyner declined to speak to investigators, but police confirmed at a press conference Wednesday that he had at least four previous charges, including two gun charges.
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Detective chief Brendan Deenihan told reporters police would investigate any possible connection between Joyner and a number of unsolved shootings in other parts of the city.
“The North Side detectives have contacted these detectives before, and we are comparing everything we can of these cases to this case or any case that may appear to be an act of random violence,” Deenihan said.
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office responded “without comment” to Fox News on whether police would consider the shooting a hate crime. The Chicago Police Department referred to the press conference in response to all questions.
Fox News’ Emma Colton and Adam Sabes contributed to this report.
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