Charges in shooting that left 1 dead, 1 hurt and caused East Chatham car crash

A Harvey man was charged with fatally shooting one man and injuring another as the victims sat in a vehicle in the East Chatham neighborhood earlier this month, police said.

Terry Burnett, 35, of the 14600 block of South Jefferson in the south suburb, was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery and discharge of a firearm, police said. In a bond hearing midday today, Cook County Criminal Court Judge James Brown ordered Burnett held without bail.

He is charged in the Oct. 14 killing of Anthony Williamson, 49, of the 8700 block of South Ashland Avenue. In addition, he is charged with shooting a 30-year-old man who was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition in an "incapacitated state," according to court records.

The shooting happened about 9:00 a.m. on the 800 block of East 82nd Street as the two victims were seated in a vehicle and got into an argument with Burnett, police said. Williamson was a passenger in the car driven by the other man, police said.

The two were driving on 82nd Street near Maryland Avenue and stopped at the intersection, Cook County state's attorney's office spokesman Steve Campbell said today. Two people who have known Burnett for years saw him go up to the car and then saw him point a gun at the car and fire four or five times, Campbell said.

After the shooting, the car struck three other vehicles and came to rest near 82nd Street and Drexel Boulevard, police said. Police initially thought there may have been two crime scenes because the wounded driver managed to get away before crashing into several other vehicles.

Williamson stumbled from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Burnett fled the scene with the gun in hand, prosecutors said. He was later identified by witnesses in a photo lineup and arrested in Harvey on Oct. 22.

Burnett is scheduled to appear in court again on Nov. 12.

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