CHICAGO — A man with a gun tattoo on his forehead, already in jail on charges he shot two people in Uptown in August, faces new charges of killing a man and wounding four others in an earlier shooting near an Uptown church just a block away.
Kelsky Patterson, 20, of the 4600 block of South Drexel Boulevard in Kenwood, was charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.
Those charges are connected to the Aug. 19 shooting in the 1000 block of West Wilson Avenue that killed 21-year-old Darius Oliver and wounded four other men ranging from 26 to 58 years old, authorities said. Oliver, who was on life support, died days after the shooting.
Witnesses had said that they heard a spray of bullets and then found the men bleeding near the Uptown Baptist Church.
Patterson was previously charged with the Aug. 31 shooting in the 1100 block of West Wilson Avenue that left 14-year-old Isaiah Johnson in critical condition at the time and also wounded a 22-year-old man. For that, he faced two charges of aggravated battery with a firearm.
Police had said at a community meeting in September that they thought the shootings were connected and gang-related.
Patterson is already in jail but is expected to appear in bond court on Thursday, according to police.