Chicago Man Charged in Fatal Gas Station Shooting

(WTTW News)(WTTW News)

A Chicago man has been held without bail after he allegedly shot and killed a 39-year-old man inside the victim’s own car at a West Garfield Park gas station over the summer.

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Isaiah Hudson, 24, appeared in court Thursday following his arrest on charges of first-degree murder, unlawful use of weapon and armed habitual criminal stemming from the fatal Sept. 1 shooting.

The victim’s name was not stated during Thursday’s hearing, but he has reportedly been identified as Anthony Monden.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Burkhardt, Monden was filling his vehicle with gas at a station in the 400 block of South Kostner Avenue, when Hudson was dropped off at that location by an Uber driver.

Hudson, whom Burkhardt said was “readily identifiable” on surveillance video, spoke with two unknown men outside the gas station before going inside and making a purchase. Hudson then exited the store, spoke to the men a second time, and then walked over to Monden.

Though there’s no audio available, surveillance footage from the gas station shows Hudson begin speaking to Monden, according to Burkhardt. Following that brief conversation, Monden got into his car, while Hudson walked around the car and got into the front passenger seat.

At this point, he allegedly pulled out a firearm from his waistband, shot Monden in the neck and fled the scene on foot. Monden was taken to a hospital and stabilized, but later died from his injuries, Burkhardt said.

Less than an hour after the shooting, Chicago police located Hudson — who was wearing the same clothes and had the same distinctive limp as the suspect seen on video at the gas station — about three blocks from the scene, but he was released pending further investigation, according to Burkhardt.

Investigators obtained Uber records from Hudson’s phone, and tracked down the driver who dropped him off at the gas station. That driver was able to identify Hudson, according to Burkhardt.

Hudson was then arrested at his home Tuesday and charged in the shooting. During the arrest, a handgun was found inside a backpack at the home, and Burkhardt said ballistics testing found it was the gun used in the fatal shooting.

Hudson is due back in court Nov. 19.

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