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Gunman Arrested in Uptown Shooting at Broadway and Wilson, Cappleman Says

By Adeshina Emmanuel | September 25, 2013 11:17am
 Kelsky Patterson, 20, of the 4600 block of South Drexel Boulevard.
Kelsky Patterson, 20, of the 4600 block of South Drexel Boulevard.
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UPTOWN — Police have arrested the alleged gunman responsible for a late August shooting in Uptown that wounded a man and left a teen boy in critical condition, the office of 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman said Wednesday

The suspect is "now in custody and charged for the shooting that occurred at Broadway & Wilson on Saturday, Aug. 31," Cappleman said in a newsletter. The alderman said the gunman is also being questioned about other shootings.

Early Thursday, cops said 20-year-old Kelsky Patterson, of the 4600 block of South Drexel Boulevard in Kenwood, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery with discharge of a firearm.

The man has a tattoo of AK-47 on his forehead.

Patterson allegedly fired the shots that hit 14-year-old Isaiah Johnson, known to friends as Lil Polo, twice in the head and wounded a 22-year-old man.

Cappleman previously said that the currency exchange near the shooting site had good surveillance video of the suspect.

Police said they were building a case against suspects in the Broadway shooting as well as a shooting earlier in August at Wilson Avenue and Sheridan Road, a few blocks east of Broadway, that killed 21-year-old Darius Oliver. Police said the shootings were connected and gang-related.

"Good camera footage and other types of community involvement assisted with making this arrest," Cappleman said in the newsletter. "A special thanks to the 19th District police and police detectives who worked tirelessly on this case.

"As the investigation continues, more information will be released," Cappleman said.

Contributing: Emily Morris