Monday, April 22, 2019

Man, 72, charged in Near North retirement home shooting

Willie Walton is charged with shooting a 63-year-old woman at the Zelda Ormes Apartments. | Google: CPD
A senior citizen who shot a 63-year-old woman in a Near North retirement facility where the two lived is facing attempted murder and other felony charges, police said.

The woman and 72-year-old Willie Walton became involved in an argument around 11:45 Friday morning that escalated when Walton pulled a gun and shot the woman several times at the Zelda Ormes Apartments, 116 West Elm, according to police and witnesses.

Walton was briefly locked inside an apartment on the 13th floor of the building, but police were able to take him into custody without incident. A gun was found in a grassy area below the apartment window where Walton was arrested, police said.

Police on Sunday said the victim is in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds to her chest and stomach.

Prosecutors charged Walton with felony attempted first-degree murder; felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and felony aggravated battery-discharging a firearm. His bail information was not immediately available.