Following a breakup, a Chicago man allegedly punched through a window at his ex-girlfriend’s home and fired multiple shots into the West Side residence, striking both the woman and her 20-month-old son.
Michael Williams, 30, was ordered held without bail Thursday after his arrest on two counts of attempted murder and other felony charges stemming from the Tuesday night shooting in the 5200 block of West Congress Parkway.
Williams and the 30-year-old adult female victim had been in a dating relationship and have three young children together, but that relationship recently ended, according to Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Andrea Williams.
The woman received multiple calls and texts throughout the day Tuesday from Michael Williams, regarding the end of their relationship and custody of their children, prosecutors said.
Late in the evening, the victim answered one of Williams’ calls and spoke with him briefly. But just one minute later, he allegedly showed up at her home and began banging on a rear kitchen door.
The victim, who was carrying her 20-month-old son in her arms, walked into the kitchen to investigate the noise and saw that it was Williams outside, prosecutors said. Williams then allegedly broke the window with his hand and used a .40 caliber handgun to fire “multiple” shots into the kitchen.
The woman suffered graze wounds to her hand and back, while the baby was struck twice in the leg and genital area, Andrea Williams said.
The woman and her three children all fled the home and called police. Both she and the 20-month-old were hospitalized, and prosecutors said the young boy is still being treated as of Thursday.
Responding officers found a “large amount of blood” near the broken window at the residence, prosecutors said. After receiving a description of Michael Williams, police located and arrested him within two hours.
Williams allegedly had blood on his hands from a laceration, and officers located a loaded firearm inside his vehicle, according to prosecutors. The female victim identified Williams through pod camera footage, and prosecutors said Williams admitted to investigators that he had shot at the woman through the window.
Beyond the attempted murder charges, Williams is also facing counts of aggravated battery, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
During Thursday’s hearing, Judge Mary Catherine Marubio pointed to the “brazenness” of Williams’ alleged actions, and said the other children in the home were lucky to have avoided being shot.
She ordered Williams to be held without bail, saying there is “significant evidence” he fired into the home and adding that she believes Williams presents a “real and present danger” to the victims.
Williams is due back in court June 11.