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Al­leged look­out dur­ing mur­der at Hum­boldt Park gas sta­tion held on $500,000 bail

- BY MATTHEW HENDRICKSO­N, STAFF RE­PORTER mhen­drick­son@sun­times.com | @MHen­drick­sonCST Crime · Incidents

A 28-year-old man was or­dered held on $500,000 bail Thurs­day for his al­leged in­volve­ment in a deadly shoot­ing at a Hum­boldt Park gas sta­tion last month.

Ty­rone Mur­ray helped block traf­fic, al­low­ing 21-year-old Jamil Wil­liamson’s killer to es­cape af­ter the

Aug. 28 mur­der and later set the shooter’s car on fire in an at­tempt to de­stroy ev­i­dence, Cook County pros­e­cu­tors said.

Wil­liamson was sit­ting in his car around 8:30 p.m. that night af­ter pulling into a Shell sta­tion, at 901 N. Pu­laski Ave., when his killer, dressed in a hoodie and mask, got out of a stolen Kia Op­tima, walked up to Wil­liamson’s car and opened fire, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Af­ter the shoot­ing, the gun­man got back into the Kia and sped away while Mur­ray used a white van to block traf­fic be­fore fol­low­ing the Kia, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Wil­liamson was shot mul­ti­ple times, in­clud­ing in the head, and died at Stroger Hos­pi­tal a short time later. A 20-year-old pas­sen­ger in Wil­liamson’s ve­hi­cle was also wounded, but he sur­vived.

Mur­ray had al­legedly gone to the gas sta­tion just be­fore the shoot­ing, parked and walked around for a few min­utes, be­fore driv­ing away.

Video sur­veil­lance at the busi­ness did not cap­ture Mur­ray’s face, but his cloth­ing and his van were clearly vis­i­ble, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Other sur­veil­lance cam­eras tracked the Kia and van to a West Side al­ley, where the Kia was left, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing, Mur­ray was seen on video at an­other gas sta­tion with the same van he was in at the time of shoot­ing, pros­e­cu­tors said. He then al­legedly went to an­other gas sta­tion and pur­chased a gas can be­fore driv­ing back to the West Side al­ley where the Kia was. Mur­ray drove the Kia to an­other al­ley and was cap­tured on video car­ry­ing a gas can to the car, which was later found burn­ing, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Mur­ray, on bond in a pend­ing drug case at the time of the shoot­ing, was ar­rested Mon­day, court records show.

Mur­ray told de­tec­tives in a video-recorded in­ter­view that he agreed to act as a look­out dur­ing what he said was sup­posed to be gang rob­bery. But he de­nied know­ing that his un­charged co-of­fender had a gun and was go­ing to shoot Wil­liamson, pros­e­cu­tors said. Mur­ray did al­legedly ad­mit to burn­ing the stolen Kia.

Mur­ray, of Austin, is fac­ing first-de­gree mur­der, ar­son and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice charges.

He is ex­pected back in court Oct. 5.

 ?? TYLER LARIVIERE/SUN-TIMES ?? Chicago po­lice in­ves­ti­gate the Aug. 28 shoot­ing that killed 21-year-old Jamil Wil­liamson at a Hum­boldt Park gas sta­tion.
TYLER LARIVIERE/SUN-TIMES Chicago po­lice in­ves­ti­gate the Aug. 28 shoot­ing that killed 21-year-old Jamil Wil­liamson at a Hum­boldt Park gas sta­tion.
 ??  ?? Ty­rone Mur­ray CHICAGO PO­LICE
Ty­rone Mur­ray CHICAGO PO­LICE

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