MAN CHARGED IN LAWNDALE DOU­BLE MUR­DER

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MATTHEW HENDRICKSO­N, STAFF RE­PORTER mhen­drick­son@sun­times.com | @MHen­drick­sonCST

An Austin man has been charged with shoot­ing two men to death as they sat in a car in Lawndale over the weekend.

Cook County prose­cu­tors did not pro­vide a mo­tive for the shoot­ing at Wed­nes­day’s bond hear­ing for al­leged gun­man Ladelle Car­pen­ter.

About 6 a.m. Sun­day, of­fi­cers re­sponded to the 2300 block of South Kolin Av­enue after they were no­ti­fied of gun­shots in the area by ShotSpot­ter boxes. Quincy Fer­gu­son and Dar­ren Sims, both 28, were each shot mul­ti­ple times in­side a white Chevro­let Cruze and were pro­nounced dead at the scene, au­thor­i­ties said.

Pri­vate sur­veil­lance cam­eras cap­tured Car­pen­ter, 24, and an uniden­ti­fied co-de­fen­dant cir­cling the block twice in a blue Volk­swa­gen

be­fore park­ing by an al­ley not far from where Fer­gu­son and Sims were sit­ting in their SUV, prose­cu­tors said.

After get­ting out of their car, Car­pen­ter and the other shooter ran up to the SUV, opened a door and to­gether fired at least 27 times with sep­a­rate 40-cal­iber hand­guns, prose­cu­tors said. The shoot­ers then ran back to the car and drove away.

Car­pen­ter’s face was clearly vis­i­ble in some of the sur­veil­lance footage, and after com­pil­ing footage from sev­eral cam­eras, au­thor­i­ties were able to re-cre­ate the events of the shoot­ing, prose­cu­tors said.

The Volk­swa­gen used in the shoot­ing is reg­is­tered to Car­pen­ter. He was taken into cus­tody as he was get­ting into the ve­hi­cle on Mon­day, prose­cu­tors said.

Judge Su­sana Or­tiz de­nied Car­pen­ter bail.

Ladelle Car­pen­ter

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