A 41-year-old man was recently arrested after a shooting that took place outside of an Illinois mosque after a prayer service. The man allegedly shot another man in the back. The shooter was arrested and charged with multiple violent crimes.
The incident occurred on a Friday afternoon in late October after a prayer service ended. Reportedly, there was a confrontation between the victim and the alleged shooter. Police believe that the shooter sprayed a chemical in the victim’s face to disable him before shooting him in the back. The victim suffered a graze wound and was treated at the scene.
Authorities were able to apprehend the shooter after he fled the scene and, upon a search of his vehicle, a magazine loader was discovered. In addition to facing a charge for attempted murder, the man also faces charges for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm. Authorities believe that this was not a random act and that the shooter, who was charged with domestic violence in 2011, knew the other man.
Violent crimes are felonies in Illinois and could result in a prison sentence for the man if he is convicted. In the state, as in all U.S. states, the man has the right to defend himself against the charges he faces. He has the right to a fair and just trial and has the right to testify on his own behalf. As part of his defense strategy, he may seek a plea deal or choose to take his case to court.
Source: CBS Chicago, “Man Charged In Shooting Outside Bridgeview Mosque“, Nov. 2, 2014