An Austin man has been charged with killing his neighbor last fall, repeatedly firing a gun as he ran after him, prosecutors say.

Ramon Words, 34, faces first-degree murder charges in the slaying of Denzell Williams, 21, on Oct. 21, 2012. He was ordered held on $2 million bail today, said Cook County state's attorney's spokeswoman Lisa Gordon.

Williams lived in the 5600 block of West Washington Boulevard and Words lives around the corner, in the first block of North Waller Avenue.

About 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2012, Williams was walking with several people on Washington Boulevard near his home when Words walked through a nearby parking lot and approached Williams, brandishing a handgun, prosecutors said.

Williams fired "numerous" shots at Williams, chasing him around a parked car, but failed to hit him, prosecutors said.

About 3:05 a.m. on Oct. 21, Williams was walking with several friends south on Central toward Washington when Words came up behind them with the same handgun and chased Williams, shooting him several times, prosecutors said.

Williams fell to the ground, and Words stood over him and shot him several more times. Williams died at the scene, police said.

Words, of the first block of North Waller Avenue, was arrested at his home "without incident" about 7 a.m. Monday by officers from city and regional fugitive task forces, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Words was also charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and not having a firearm owner identification card.

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