Prosecutors: 16-year-old boy fatally shot Djuan Williams in Austin after asking about gang affiliation

Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Djuan WIlliams was fatally shot by another 16-year-old in Austin last week, according to prosecutors. | Facebook photo

Djuan Williams was fatally shot by another 16-year-old in Austin last week, according to prosecutors. | Facebook photo

Two teenage boys have been charged with the fatal shooting of Djuan Williams last week in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

Tiawyan McDade, 16, faces one count of first-degree murder, according to Cook County prosecutors. McDade’s accomplice, a 15-year-old boy, has been charged as a juvenile with first-degree murder.

About 6:12 p.m. on Feb. 24, Djuan Williams was walking with two other teens in the 5300 block of West Huron when McDade and another teen walked up and asked the group about their gang affiliations, Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Whang said at McDade’s bond hearing Thursday.

Williams and his friends denied any gang affiliations, and McDade’s friend then instructed McDade to shoot at them, Whang said.

McDade pulled a handgun from his waistband, pointed it at Williams and fired one shot, Whang said. McDade and his friend then ran eastbound on Huron Street.

Williams ran westbound on Huron before collapsing in a nearby alley, Whang said. He was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where he was pronounced dead with a through-and-through gunshot wound at 6:30 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 4900 block of West Thomas.

A few minutes after the shooting, police officers saw two people place a bag into a garbage can in an alley in the 4900 block of West Kinzie, less than a block from where McDade lives, Whang said.

A flash message with the description of the shooters went out and the officers realized the description matched the two people they had seen earlier, prosecutors said. They returned to the garbage can and found a loaded .357 revolver wrapped inside a towel, which was inside an Aldi shopping bag. Inside the bag, there was a receipt for a person with the same last name and home address as McDade.

A witness identified McDade and his friend by name to officers at the scene, Whang said. They also positively identified McDade in a photo array as the shooter.

The witness said McDade was wearing a True Religion sweatshirt during the shooting. When McDade was arrested Tusday, he was wearing the same sweatshirt, Whang said.

The bullet was recovered at the scene and matched the revolver found in the garbage can, Whang said.

Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered McDade held on a $1 million bond Thursday.

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