No bond for Rosemont mall shooting suspect charged with murder, police say

Jose G. Matias, 18, identified as gunman in fatal shooting at Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Rosemont Police Department says

ByJessica D'Onofrio and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Friday, April 1, 2022
No bond for Rosemont shooting suspect facing murder charge: police
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Rosemont, IL mall shooting suspect Jose G. Matias, charged with murder, is being held without bond, the Rosemont Police Department said.

ROSEMONT, Ill. (WLS) -- Rosemont police said the alleged gunman in Friday's deadly shooting at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago has been charged and is being held without bond.

Police said Jose G. Matias, 18, of Chicago has been charged with first-degree murder. He has also been charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated discharged of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Matias had been arrested as of 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. He was taken into custody without incident, police said.

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Police said the shooting appeared to be targeted between the gunman and Joel Valdes, 20, who was shot at the mall and died at the hospital.

Claudia Miller Negron can't make sense of her grandson's murder. The man, who she called JoJo, felt more like her son.

"He was with someone else. They were walking around, I guess shopping, and these people, whoever they were, I don't know because I don't recognize them as being a friend or anything, they were following them" she said. "They were leaving, and they confronted him and asked about a gang affiliation. He wasn't in a gang."

A 15-year-old girl, discovered inside a bathroom near the food court, was also shot in the wrist, police said. Her condition has since stabilized. Police said she was an innocent bystander who was not involved in the conflict between Matias and Valdes.

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Rosemont police said the shooter got away in a maroon 2008 Hyundai with others inside.

One firearm was recovered from the scene and is being processed as evidence, police said.

The sound of gunfire sent hundreds of shoppers scrambling for cover until police escorted patrons and employees store by store.

Investigators maintain the shooting was an isolated incident sparked by a fight between the alleged gunman and Valdes.

"His friends loved him. He was so lovable, he had a good heart," Negron said. "JoJo was always there for us."

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