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Man Charged in Shooting that Killed 16-Year-Old Boy, Wounded Man

By Kyla Gardner | September 4, 2013 5:52pm | Updated on September 5, 2013 5:04pm
 Michael Johnson, 23, is charged with the murder of Maurice Knowles, 16, officials said.
Michael Johnson, 23, is charged with the murder of Maurice Knowles, 16, officials said.
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CHICAGO — A man who goes by the name "Mike Mike" killed a 16-year-old boy after the teen stole a weapon, prosecutors said Thursday.

Michael Johnson, 23, was charged with first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and aggravated battery and discharge of a firearm in the shooting that killed 16-year-old Maurice Knowles and wounded a 24-year-old man, according to court records said.

Knowles was sitting on a porch in the 10500 block of South LaSalle Street about 5:30 p.m. Monday when Johnson and two other man came out of a nearby gangway and opened fire, Assistant State's Attorney Bridget O'Brien said Thursday. 

She said a relative of Knowles, who is known as "Juicy" and hangout at the house, allegedly stole a gun from Johnson, a.k.a. "Mike Mike."

Knowles, of the 10000 block of South LaSalle Street, was hit in the abdomen and died at the scene, O'Brien said.

A 24-year-old man who was sitting on the porch with Knowles was grazed by a bullet, but police said the man refused medical attention.

He and other witness allegedly identified Johnson and gave police his address in the 300 block of West 106th Street.

When a relative of Johnson's gave permission for police to search the house, they suddenly saw him fall through the ceiling of the attic where he was hiding.

Marijane Placek, an assistant public defender representing Johnson, argued that the charges against him are the result of a "single finger" identification.

Johnson, who is was out on bond for a pending gun case, was ordered held on $1.5 million on Thursday by Cook County Judge Israel Desierto.