The Chicago man who was charged in connection with the Lake Shore Drive road rage shooting that seriously injured a 22-month-old child earlier this month has been ordered to stay in jail without bail, according to reports. court officials.
Deandre Binion, 25, appeared in Central Bond Court on Friday on three counts of attempted first degree murder and aggravated assault and battery with a firearm.
Binion, who was arrested by Chicago police on Tuesday, is charged with carrying out the shooting that took place on Lake Shore Drive on April 6. According to prosecutors, the incident began when the accused attempted to bypass the victims’ car, but was stopped by a merger route.
At that point, the driver of the victims’ vehicle, JuShawn Brown, 43, leaned out the window “and told the accused to back up and that he had a child in the car.” After Binion entered a lane next to the victims’ vehicle, Brown observed a gun in Binion’s hand, according to the Cook County State Attorney’s Office.
Binion swung the gun towards the victims’ car, at which point Brown picked up a handgun he had under his feet and “showed it to the accused before putting it on his lap,” said declared court documents.
Binion then reportedly fired four to five shots at the vehicle, hitting Kayden Swann, now 22 months old, in the head. The vehicle Kayden was in then crashed and Binion allegedly fled.
Kayden was taken to a local hospital by a Good Samaritan and then transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he was put into a medical coma.
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According to prosecutors, detectives were able to obtain a license plate for the accused’s vehicle through a license plate reader on Interstate 90/94. The vehicle was rented by Binion’s girlfriend from Enterprise Rental and contained no cartridge cases, bullets or firearms and no bullet marks, according to the documents.
Following a search warrant, Binion’s gun was recovered from his girlfriend’s mother’s home, prosecutors said. This weapon matches the cartridge cases found at the scene, officials added.
His next court date is set for April 30.
Kayden has since made “remarkable progress,” according to Lurie’s doctors, and is no longer in intensive care. Dr Marcelo Malakooti, in his latest update, said the boy could potentially be released from hospital “very soon”. Kayden will need to be transferred to a rehabilitation center, according to information provided by prosecutors on Friday.
Brown, the driver of the vehicle Kayden was in, had previously been charged with unlawful use of a weapon in the case. Prosecutors said he did not have a valid FOID card or concealed transport card at the time of the shooting.