GAGE PARK — Two men allegedly flashed gang signs and attempted to run a vehicle off the road before shooting and killing 20-year-old Shavonte Howard on the 4th of July, prosecutors said Saturday.
Tommie Harris, 25, and Quintion Humphries, 19, were charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of 20-year-old Shavonte Howard, police said.
Howard, of the 5300 block of South Hoyne Avenue, was fatally shot in the head about noon on July 4th in the 5600 block of South Western Avenue, police said.
Neighbors said he was riding in a friend's car down Western Avenue when someone called out "I'm going to kill you."
Humphries and Harris were in a red Dodge Charger traveling south on Western Avenue next to Howard and his friend's vehicle, prosecutors said. Humphries, the driver, began flashing gang signs and attempted to run the other vehicle off the road and both men began shooting, prosecutors said.
When Howard's friend realized he had been hit, he drove the wounded man to Holy Cross Hospital and gave police a description of the red Dodge, prosecutors said.
Howard was transferred to another hospital and pronounced dead at 2:45 p.m. Friday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
Officers pulled the two suspects over about 20 minutes after the shooting and found the murder weapon, prosecutors said. The slain man's friend who was driving with him also identified the suspects.
Harris, of the 5200 block of South Racine Avenue, and Humphries, of the 12000 block of South Loomis Street, were also charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, police said.
Harris was ordered held without bond Saturday, while a judge set Humphries' bond at $500,000.
Howard's family would not comment on the slaying Saturday morning, but neighbors described the slain young man as a laid back sports fan who adored the Chicago Bulls.