BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago Editor
An Iowa man killed one brother and wounded another during a Christmas Day shooting at a relative’s North Lawndale home.
The family had gathered for a Christmas party at a relative’s home in the 1900 block of South Trumbull Avenue despite an ongoing dispute among the brothers about the treatment of their sick mother, who died about a month earlier, prosecutors said.
When 29-year-old Lorenzo Jones arrived, family members heard him say there were too many “phony people” at the party and if his brothers showed up he was going to kill them, prosecutors said. He then went to a van parked down the street.
When Dennis Jones and his 42-year-old brother pulled up about 6 p.m., Lorenzo Jones exited the van with an AK 47 and screamed “body bitch,” prosecutors said.
Lorenzo Jones walked towards the house, entered the front gate and opened fire, prosecutors said.
Dennis Jones, 52, of the 4900 block of West Augusta Boulevard, was shot in the chest and leg, authorities said. He was declared dead hours later at Mount Sinai Hospital.
The 42-year-old brother was shot in the leg and took himself to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.
Lorenzo Jones, of the 800 block of Benton Court in Iowa City, was arrested in Iowa and later charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery for the discharge of a firearm, authorities said.
Lorenzo Jones pleaded guilty to robbery in 2005, and has numerous out of county convictions, including one for felony battery in 2008, prosecutors said.
On Wednesday, Judge James Brown ordered Lorenzo Jones held without bond.
— Contributing: Rummana Hussain