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Man Charged with West Garfield Park Killing Held Without Bail

By  Emily Morris and Alex Parker  | March 16, 2014 8:53am | Updated on March 16, 2014 4:18pm

 Harold Cook, 22, is charged with killing Terrell Wilson.
Harold Cook, 22, is charged with killing Terrell Wilson.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man shot and killed another man on Friday after the victim got into a fistfight with the accused's older brother, prosecutors said.

Harold Cook, 22, of the 4200 block of West West End Avenue, was charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly shot 21-year-old Terrell Wilson to death on Friday in West Garfield Park.

Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Karr said Wilson had been involved in a fight with Cook's older brother. When the fight ended, the victim and Cook's brother started walking in opposite directions, Karr said.

The fight happened about 12:45 p.m. in the 4000 block of West Van Buren Street, police said.

Cook, who was there during the brawl, walked up to Wilson and a crowd that had gathered and fired several shots at Wilson, hitting him once in the back of his head, Karr said. The crowd ran toward Cook's brother, according to Karr.

Cook fled in his mother's car with his mom and sister, according to Karr. Karr said an undercover officer who was nearby saw the shooting and followed Cook in an unmarked police car until he was taken into custody in the 0-100 block of North Pulaski Road.

Wilson was pronounced dead on the scene at 1:20 p.m., authorities said.

Police found a .45-caliber gun in the passenger seat of the car, where Cook had been sitting, Karr said. Eleven .45-caliber shell casings were allegedly recovered from the scene.

Cook later admitted to authorities that he shot Wilson, and he was also identified by a witness in a lineup, according to Karr.

Cook was out on parole at the time of the killing, according to prosecutors and police. He was most recently convicted of a drug-related charge in March 2012 and sentenced to three years, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Judge James Brown ordered Cook held without bail.