Attempted murder charges filed against man who allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend, her 1-year-old son on West Side

A man who was arrested this week less than two hours after allegedly shooting his ex-girlfriend and her 1-year-old son was charged early Thursday in connection with the shooting, according to Chicago police.

Michael Williams, 30, of the 5900 block of West Iowa Street, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm in an occupied building and felon in possession of a firearm, police said. Williams is expected to appear before a judge later Thursday.

Authorities say Williams was identified as the ex-boyfriend of a 30-year-old woman who was shot in her garden apartment in the 5200 block of West Congress Parkway around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. The woman’s 1-year-old son also was shot; both are expected to survive.

Williams was arrested by patrol officers during a traffic stop not long after the attack, during which, police allege, he broke out a window then started shooting through it. The woman suffered graze wounds while the toddler was shot twice in his legs. The woman’s current boyfriend was not harmed.

Police said Williams fled the scene in a green Ford Explorer, which was the same vehicle officers pulled over.


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