COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man with an assault rifle tattooed on his forehead was ordered held on $1 million bail Thursday for a shooting that killed one man and wounded four others outside the Uptown Baptist Church in August.
Kelsky Patterson, already behind bars on charges he shot two other people in Uptown in August, appeared in court Thursday wearing a tan Cook County Jail jumpsuit as prosecutors accused him of the fatal shooting that occurred two weeks earlier — and just a block away.
Prosecutors said Patterson, 20, was one of three men involve in the slaying of a 21-year-old Darius Oliver and shooting of four others near the Uptown Baptist Church in the 1000 block of West Wilson Avenue, authorities said. Oliver, was rushed to the hospital with a bullet wound to the head and put on life support. But he died four days after the attack.
Patterson was a passenger in a white four-door car traveling along Wilson near the church shortly before 6 p.m. on Aug 19, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Santini said.
From inside the car, Patterson and at least one of his two alleged accomplices began firing at the group standing on the sidewalk, Santini said.
Witnesses said they heard a spray of bullets and then found the men bleeding near the church.
Patterson was identified by name by an FBI informant and also identified by witnesses who were at the shooting scene, Santini said. When police found Patterson he was already in the Cook County Jail on a pending case related to an Aug. 31 shooting that wounded two people.
Santini said two gangs were fighting when gunfire erupted in the 1100 block of West Wilson Avenue.
Patterson, who's affiliated with the Black P Stones gang and has been arrested 47 times before, allegedly rode up on a bicycle and opened fire.
A 14-year-old, Isaiah Johnson, was shot and remains in critical condition at the hospital. A man, 22, was also shot.
Patterson was arrested in that case in the same white car that was seen at the shooting outside the church, Santini said.
According to his public defender, he worked as a part-time delivery driver for Chicago Steak, Fish and Chicken and lives with his girlfriend and their two children.
His new charges include first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.
Patterson, whose address in court records was listed in the 4600 block of South Drexel Boulevard, was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail by Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan.