Prosecutors: Boy, 16, accused of fatal shooting over Facebook post

Prosecutors: Boy, 16, accused of fatal shooting over Facebook post

Chicago police investigate a fatal shooting in the 5400 block of South Indiana Avenue on May 8, 2017.

A 16-year-old boy who felt his murdered friend was "disrespected" on Facebook fatally shot the poster, in what became this year’s 200th homicide, according to prosecutors and records.

Landon Allen, 16, appeared Friday before Judge Donald Panarese Jr. who set bail at $1 million during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

Allen, who is charged as an adult with murder, is accused of fatally shooting Jermaine Brown, 23, on May 8 in the 5400 block of South Indiana Avenue, authorities said.

An on-going dispute erupted after Brown posted something on Facebook about a mutual friend of theirs who had been murdered weeks before, prosecutors said.

Allen and a second person were angry with Brown because they felt the post disrespected their deceased friend, “Honcho,” according to Asst. State’s Atty. Jamie Santini.

Witnesses and Brown were standing in the 5400 block of South Indiana about 7:45 p.m. that night when Allen and another person began arguing. After a witness stepped in to stop them, the witness told Allen that he should just “talk it out,’’ with Brown, according to Santini.

So Allen walked over to Brown and they spoke briefly. Allen extended his hand and they shook, but moments later, Allen reached into his hoodie and pulled out a gun and began firing multiple times at Brown, who began running away.

Allen, however, kept firing “until he ran out of bullets,’’ and then told a second uncharged suspect to “Blow the 40,’’ and that suspect also fired as Brown fled, according to Santini.

Brown made it about a block before collapsing on the street in the 200 block of East 55th Street. He suffered five gunshot wounds from Allen and the other shooter to his shoulder and neck, his abdomen, forearm and buttocks, prosecutors said.

A witness who came forward identified Allen by name as one of the people he saw shoot Brown, who was unarmed.

Detectives also obtained cell phone data which placed Allen in the area of the slaying at the time it happened, according to prosecutors said.

Brown, of the 5100 block of South Wabash Avenue, was Chicago’s 200th homicide this year, according to data kept by the Chicago Tribune. The city reached that grim milestone just four days later than last year, which was the most violent in decades.

Allen is scheduled to appear again in court on Aug. 10.

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