By Deanese Williams-Harris
2:48 PM CDT, July 18, 2013
A 16-year-old boy was ordered held without bail today in a fatal shooting allegedly ordered by a high-ranking member of the boy's gang, prosecutors said.
The teen, charged as an adult and identified in court as Dyvell Mallet of the 700 block of North Leclaire Avenue, was arrested and charged with murder in a July 8 shooting that happened on the 600 block of North Lawndale Avenue, police said.
Shortly after 5 p.m. that day, Ed Cooper, 15, was standing at the corner of Lawndale Avenue and Ohio Street with a group of people. Prosecutors said Mallet approached the corner with a loaded firearm, and as he approached witnesses at the scene started to warn the group that the teen had a gun.
Mallet continued to walk toward the group and shot multiple times in their direction, prosecutors said. One of the bullets struck Cooper in his chest.
After being shot, Cooper tried to run to a nearby vacant lot, but he collapsed. Cooper, of the 1200 block of South Kostner Avenue, was pronounced dead at 5:54 p.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital, said prosecutors and the Cook County medical examiner's office.
According to a relative, Cooper was playing a ballgame at the playground of Laura Ward Elementary School when he was shot.
Witnesses identified Mallet as the shooter and picked him out of a police line-up, prosecutors said.
After his arrest, Mallet recorded a statement saying he was a member of the Conservative Vice Lords street gang and that he received orders from a high-ranking member to kill a member of another faction of the Conservative Vice Lords, prosecutors said.
The teen said the shooting was over a money dispute between the two factions, prosecutors said.
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