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Man who drove wounded friend to hospital is suspect in shooting

LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP – A man who allegedly gave his wounded friend an unmemorable ride to the hospital Monday has been arrested on charges from a separate shooting.

Will County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said detectives do not believe Deonte J. Massey-Beavers, 18, was at the intersection of Harvard and Luther avenues about 9:35 p.m. Monday where “several people fired shots” and a 19-year-old man was struck in the foot.

But the wounded victim reportedly made his way to Massey-Beavers house, which is in the 2100 block of Arthur Avenue – about a block from the shooting.

Minutes later a woman was driving on California Avenue – also a block from the shooting – when another car sped by and she saw “the driver holding a handgun outside the driver’s side window where he fired two rounds at her car,” Hoffmeyer said. Neither the woman or her vehicle were struck, but she drove off the roadway and called 911, Hoffmeyer said.

When the gunshot victim arrived at Silver Cross Hospital he told deputies he did not know how he’d gotten shot or how he’d gotten a ride, Hoffmeyer said. But when investigators reviewed surveillance footage they were able to identify Massey-Beavers as the driver of the car that brought him to the hospital and shot at the woman on California Avenue, she said.

Hoffmeyer said deputies located the vehicle and collected evidence and questioned Massey-Beavers, who was then arrested on charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm.

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