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Bail was set at $1 million for a 16-year-old Orland Park high student who is being charged as an adult in the shooting of an 18-year-old Oak Lawn man earlier this week. Elias Abdelqader appeared Friday before Cook County Judge Donald Havis on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and attempted first-degree murder.

Around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, neighbors called police reporting gunfire in the 9500 block of Campbell Avenue, one block east of Central Avenue, in Oak Lawn. When officers arrived, they found the 18-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The prosecutor said that Abdelqader and two friends went to the 18-year-old’s house, where they got into a fight outside. When the 18-year-old’s mother went outside to try to break it up, Abdelqader punched her son in the face, the prosecutor said. Both youths’ friends continued throwing punches, but missed.

The 18-year-old and his mother followed Abdelqader into the street. The prosecutor said Abdelqader went into a black Chevy where he retrieved a 9mm handgun. Walking backwards but facing the 18-year-old and his mother, the prosecutor said Abdelqader fired four shots at them. One of the bullets struck the 18-year-old in the abdomen.

The injured 18-year-old was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he underwent surgery and remains in stable condition.

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Abdelqader and the others took off before police arrived. Oak Lawn police officers were able to get the Chevy’s license plate number from a nearby home security camera, which the prosecutor said came back registered to Abdelqader.

The 16-year-old was picked up several hours later in Chicago Ridge, the prosecutor said. The 18-year-old and his mother were able to identify Abdelqader as the alleged shooter, according to the complaint. Oak Lawn police believe the altercation may have started from a pot deal gone bad, and continue looking for other persons of interest.

The prosecutor said that except for a pending traffic misdemeanor, Abdelqader has no criminal background.

Abdelqader’s attorney told the judge that her client goes to Carl Sandburg High School, where he is a straight-A student. She asked that given his age and lack of criminal background, he’d consider electronic monitoring.

“Based on the facts and given the victim’s injuries, I’m setting bond at $1 million,” Judge Havis said.

Abdelqader is due back in court April 8 in Bridgeview.


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