Prosecutors: Khalie Early killed Miguel Hernandez in revenge shooting

Khalie Early / Photo from Chicago Police
Khalie Early / Photo from Chicago Police

Homicide Watch Chicago

Purported gang member Khalie Early went out Sunday night looking for revenge after a fellow gang member was wounded in a shooting earlier that day.

Early, an admitted member of the Black P-Stone street gang, went to East 86th Street and South Escanaba Avenue because he knew the area was controlled by the Vice Lords street gang, said Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini.

Early, armed with a loaded semi-automatic handgun, was “looking to exact revenge for the shooting of a fellow gangbanger,” Santini said.

Early, 20, saw Miguel Hernandez standing on a porch in the 8500 block of South Escanaba Avenue and opened fire, Santini said.

Hernandez, 24, who lived on the block, was shot multiple times and died at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An 18-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man standing by a nearby train station were also wounded, Santini said. Ambulances took both to area hospitals for treatment.

Miguel Hernandez / Photo from Facebook

Miguel Hernandez / Photo from Facebook

Early initially fled after the shooting, but when he walked out of a nearby gangway witnesses already talking to responding police officers identified him as the gunman, Santini said.

Police searched the area and found the alleged handgun, Santini said.

After being arrest, Early, of the 8700 block of South Burley Avenue, admitted to detectives that he went to Vice Lord territory to exact revenge, authorities said.

On Wednesday, Judge James Brown ordered Early held without bond.

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