By Jillian Schwartz
Police arrested a man suspected of shooting and killing a grocery store clerk and wounding a father of 11 on Tuesday.
Joey Jones, 31, fatally shot the clerk in Gage Park on the Southwest Side, and four hours later, shot a father of 11 in an Uptown parking lot.
Joey Jones is charged with first-degree murder, and attempted murder in the shootings.
Here is the full story from the Chicago Tribune:
A daylong search by police ended Tuesday with the arrest of a man suspected of fatally shooting a grocery store clerk in Gage Park on the Southwest Side and, nearly four hours later, seriously wounding a father of 11 in an Uptown parking lot.
Joey Jones, 31, has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the shootings, which prompted a citywide alert by detectives and circulation of surveillance photos.
Jones walked into a grocery store in the 2400 block of West 63rd Street around 6:05 a.m. Tuesday and talked with the cashier about buying something, police said. Jones then tried to leave the store with the merchandise and an employee tried to block his way, police said.
Jones pulled out a handgun and fatally shot Omar Maslat, 57, of Bridgeview, authorities said.
Jones ran from the store and got into “a late model white Ford Crown Victoria” and drove north on Artesian Avenue, police said.
Around 9:45 a.m., Jones got into an argument with Brion Payne, 50, in the parking lot near a Dunkin Donuts on Wilson Avenue, police said. Payne turned away and Jones shot him in the back of the head, according to Payne’s wife Jessica.
“He is unconscious but in stable condition,” Jessica Payne said Tuesday afternoon. “He’s going to make it because he’s strong. My kids get their strength from him.”
Payne said she got a call Tuesday morning that her husband had been shot while getting coffee. “At first I thought it was an April Fools joke so I cursed his co-worker out and hung up on him,” she said. “But he called back and I realized my husband was really shot.”
Payne said she has been with her husband for seven years and they have three children. Her husband has eight children from a previous relationship. “My husband is a hard-working, loving and caring man,” she said.
Jessica and Brion Payne live on the West Side in the Lawndale neighborhood, but Brion Payne commutes to the North Side where he works at Safari Trans Inc. transporting dialysis patients, his wife said. “He is a good man. He’s not a drug dealer or a criminal. He’s a working man,” she said.
Police arrested Jones after circulating a photo from surveillance video and releasing a description of him and his car, which had damage on the passenger side.