Police questioning 19-year-old in theft, shooting of Dakotah Earley in Lincoln Park

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police late Monday had an individual of curiosity in custody in the shooting that critically injured culinary pupil Dakotah Earley earlier this month.

Police supplied no different particulars.

Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward) confirmed the particular person of curiosity is nineteen years outdated at a group security meeting Monday night time. He stated “the individual in custody right now has five carjacking arrests on his record in the last two years.”

Earley was strolling on Wayne Avenue close to Webster Avenue round 3 a.m. on May 6 when one of two robbers got here out of hiding and pointed a gun at him. After giving the offender his bag, Earley reached for the gun, and each fell to the bottom as they struggled over the gun. He was shot thrice whereas robbers requested for his cellphone password.

He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in vital situation with two gunshot wounds to the again, and one gunshot wound to the pinnacle — ensuing in partial loss of his colon. His household has reported he has proven indicators of enchancment over the previous a number of days.

Hopkins confirmed Earley is out of the coma, respiratory on his personal and might talk with hand alerts. 

“He continues to fight for his life at Illinois Masonic Hospital. The reason I get emotional is I talk to his mother everyday since this incident happened,” Hopkins stated. “She’s quite a woman. We pray together and I tried to do the best I could to encourage her and keep her spirits up, but one thing I can’t do is explain why this happened. And I can’t tell her the shame my neighborhood feels that this was allowed to occur on our beautiful manicured streets that we are so proud of. Its just heartbreaking. I know we can’t live this way.”

Earley’s assault was only one of eight in the Lincoln Park and Lakeview areas in lower than 48 hours. Police earlier stated these armed robberies on the following occasions and areas are additionally presumably linked:

• 2900 block of North Clark Street on Wednesday, May 4, at 10:45 p.m.

• 2600 block of North Bosworth Avenue on Wednesday, May 4 at 10:50 p.m.

• 1100 block of West Wellington Avenue on Wednesday, May 4 at 11 p.m.

• 3000 block of North Racine Avenue on Thursday, May 5 at 10 p.m.

• 2600 block of North Racine Avenue on Thursday, May 5 at 10:26 p.m.

• 700 block of West Aldine Avenue on Friday, May 6, at 12:30 a.m.

• 1100 block of West Fullerton Avenue on Friday, May 6, at 3 a.m. The sufferer of this theft was a DePaul University pupil.

Police late Monday didn’t say if the particular person of curiosity being question in Earley’s shooting in additionally an individual of curiosity in any of these incidents, or any others since Earley was shot.

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