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Uptown Shooting Suspect Had Kids in Car When He Shot Dad's Co-Worker: Court

By  Erica Demarest and Darryl Holliday | April 2, 2014 6:39am | Updated on April 2, 2014 2:29pm

 Joey Jones, 31, has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in two shootings Tuesday.
Joey Jones, 31, has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in two shootings Tuesday.
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CHICAGO — A Logan Square man was ordered held without bail after authorities said he fatally shot a convenience store clerk in Chicago Lawn before heading to Uptown and shooting another man in his head.

Joey Jones, 31, of the 3000 block of West Armitage Avenue, was charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Jones was the man who shot a convenience store worker in the 2400 block of West 63rd Street in Chicago Lawn Tuesday morning.

About 6:10 a.m., Jones enter the store and asked the clerk to see a shirt. When the clerk asked for money, Jones "threw some coins at the store clerk and then went to another aisle where he grabbed a Gatorade," prosecutors said.

The clerk asked one of his employees, 57-year-old Omar Maslat, to lock the front door to keep Jones inside the store. As Maslat locked the door, Jones shot him in the chest with a revolver "at close range" before fleeing the store in a white Ford Crown Victoria, prosecutors said.

Maslat, who lived in the 7200 block of West 87th Street in southwest suburban Bridgeview, was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center at 7:05 a.m. Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Jones then drove to the 4500 block of North Broadway, where he shot and seriously wounded a 50-year-old man, identified by family as Brion Payne, a father of 11.

After fatally shooting Maslat, Jones called his father and asked for money, prosecutors said. Jones' father said he'd be at a currency exchange in a strip mall at the corner of Wilson Avenue and Broadway, prosecutors said.

Jones' father was also meeting Payne, a co-worker, to give Payne some money for covering for him at work. When Jones arrived at the currency exchange, his father introduced him to Payne before walking away to take out money to give to the two men, prosecutors said.

Payne began walking back to his truck, and Jones walked up behind Payne and shot him at least once in the back of his neck, prosecutors said. The bullet partially exited Payne's left cheek, prosecutors said.

Jones ran back to his car, where his girlfriend, his infant twins and his girlfriend's sister were waiting for him, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Jones was caught on surveillance video in both shootings and said multiple people, including his father, saw him holding a gun.

Jones was arrested at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday at his girlfriend's apartment, and police recovered a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver with three live rounds inside, prosecutors said.

Jones was charged with the first-degree murder of Maslat and the attempted murder of Payne. Cook County Judge Maria Cecil ordered Jones held without bail Wednesday.

Jones' public defender requested protective custody for the 31-year-old, saying Jones had been "handled aggressively" by police and was "in fear for his safety."

Cecil denied the request.