Suspect held without bail in July slaying of developmentally delayed young man in Evanston

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Suspect held without bail in July slaying of developmentally delayed young man in Evanston


A 26-year-old man was denied bail Friday in the fatal shooting of a developmentally delayed man in Evanston near the Howard Red Line station over the summer.

Shakiel Coleman, of Evanston, appeared before Judge Michael Hood in the Skokie courthouse, according to Cook County state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

The attack happened about 1:15 a.m. on July 23 at 305 Howard St. in Evanston, near the Red Line station where the victim, 20-year-old Brian Carrion, who lived at a home for youths and was developmentally delayed, was shot multiple times by Coleman, prosecutors said.

The deadly chain of events began earlier that day when Coleman and a witness met at Coleman’s home in the 100 block of Clyde Street in Evanston and walked to a nearby ATM so that the witness could withdraw cash to buy Ecstasy, prosecutors said. A camera at the machine snapped a picture of them.

The two then walked a couple of blocks east, to Marshfield Avenue and Howard Street, where a group “confronted” them, asking gang-related questions such as “who are you” and “what are you,” prosecutors said.

When Coleman and the companion said they were “good” and didn’t need anything, several in that group began shooting at them, hitting the witness, who collapsed after suffering suffered a graze wound to the head.

Witnesses said they spotted Carrion catch up to Coleman, and their “feet began entangled” and both fell down under the viaduct.

At that point, Coleman “quickly stood up and fired his handgun at the victim, striking the victim multiple times” prosecutors said.

When Evanston police got to the scene they found Carrion on the ground. Paramedics tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead.

Carrion was shot twice in the chest, once in the abdomen, groin, forearm and leg. Police found a neon-colored squirt gun jammed into Carrion’s pocket, prosecutors said.

Coleman, who has a 2012 felony conviction for burglary, also has several misdemeanor cases in his history, including one in which he was charged with resisting a peace officer in the suburbs, prosecutors said.

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