COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Two men were held without bail after allegedly wounding two men in an East Garfield Park drive-by shooting Friday.
Willie Powell, 21, of Bolingbrook and Jalen Searcy, 18, of 1700 block of North Melvina Avenue in Austin, were both charged with attempted first-degree murder. Searcy was also cited for numerous traffic violations including.
Around 10:20 p.m. Friday, Searcy pulled the white Chevrolet he was driving alongside another car in the 3400 block of West Walnut Avenue, police said. Powell, who was in the backseat, fired eight shots into the vehicle striking a 16-year-old boy in his right shoulder and a 22-year-old man in his buttocks, police said.
After fleeing the scene, the two were stopped and arrested by officers minutes later in the 3300 block of West Maypole Avenue, according to police records.
The two victims were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where the 16-year-old boy was treated and releasedm and the 22-year-old man remains in good condition, according to court records.
Powell allegedly handed the gun to Searcy before the shooting, which was witnessed by an officer patrolling the area, prosecutors said. A 9-mm handgun was also found inside the car, according to the Assistant State's Attorney Allison Sise.
The two were also identified by witnesses who were in the car during the shooting, according to court documents.