Man charged in West Garfield Park shooting that wounded 2 boys outside library held without bond

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Friday, May 19, 2023
No bond for suspect charged in West Side shooting that wounded 2 boys
Adam Avizius was ordered held without bond in court Friday after two juveniles were wounded in a shooting outside a West Garfield Park library.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A suspect accused in a shooting outside of a Chicago library that wounded two juveniles was ordered held without bond Friday.

Adam Avizius, 37, has been charged with one felony count of aggravated battery discharge of a firearm.

The shooting happened Tuesday night in West Garfield Park outside of a Chicago Public Library near Madison Street and Pulaski Road.

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Demarion Weatherspoon, 12 and a 16-year-old boy were hit by gunfire. Family said they are recovering from their injuries.

Police said Tuesday that the two boys were outside the library when two adults got into an altercation nearby. Avizius allegedly opened fire, striking the boys. A security guard from the library brought Weatherspoon inside the building to render aid until paramedics arrived.

Weatherspoon's grandfather came back to the scene Thursday, standing beside community leaders to rally for peace and change.

"Kids actually come here to get away from that environment that they're in," said Darnell Weatherspoon Sr., the younger victim's grandfather. "And to get shot and not react how most people react when they get shot surprised me too. It shows that he's a strong kid."

A female suspect was also taken into custody. She is still being questioned.

A motive remains unclear.

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