DOWNERS GROVE – Bond has been set at $200,000 for a man accused of opening fire on another automobile following a traffic altercation late last week on Interstate 355 near Ogden Avenue, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin's office.
Vaughn Atkins, 42, 1409 S. Blackhawk Circle, South Elgin, appeared Wednesday in Bond Court where Judge Richard Russo set bond at $200,000. Atkins has been charged with two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony.
At 5:45 p.m. March 21 Illinois State Police were dispatched to a call of shots fired on southbound I-355 near Ogden Avenue.
The alleged victim, Michael Ingram, was reportedly traveling southbound on I-355, just north of Ogden Avenue. While driving, Ingram allegedly switched lanes, cutting off Atkins and forcing his vehicle on to the shoulder of the road.
Atkins is accused of then pulling his vehicle alongside the driver’s side of Ingram’s vehicle, pointing a handgun at Ingram and pulling the trigger, hitting Ingram’s vehicle in the driver’s side rear passenger door, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin's office.
Following the alleged incident, Atkins allegedly exited the highway and sped away.
No one was injured in the alleged shooting.
An investigation into the shooting conducted by the Illinois State Police and the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office led authorities to Atkins. On March 24, Atkins was taken into custody from his South Elgin home without incident, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin's office.
Atkins’ next court appearance is scheduled for April 28 for arraignment in front of Judge Kathryn Creswell.