[dropcap]A[/dropcap] man from the Austin neighborhood is accused of shooting a 16-year-old in the head earlier this month.
Police allege 21-year-old Antwan Elliott is the man who exited a vehicle and fired shots at Giovanni Matos in the 5800 block of West Patterson Avenue around 12:52 p.m. on March 15.
Matos, of the 5500 block of West Henderson, was shot in the back of the head and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Prosecutors say the shooting was gang related and allege Elliott asked Matos and the two friends he was with what their gang affiliation was before opening fire. Matos and his two friends are all reputed gang members and tried to flee after Elliott began shooting at them once he heard their answer, said prosecutors.
Elliott was taken into custody after police stopped his vehicle last Saturday around 6:45 p.m. because it smelled like cannabis, prosecutors allege. He reportedly fled the vehicle and once police caught up with him, they found a handgun in his waistband and took him into custody.
Police charged Elliott, 21, of the 1600 block of North Oak Park Avenue, with first-degree murder, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card on Monday. He appeared in bond court on Monday where he was ordered held without bond by Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr., said the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. His next court date was not immediately available at press time.