Two south suburban men were charged with first-degree murder in connection to a botched drug deal that led to one of their crew -- a local rapper -- being killed Friday in Calumet City, police said today.
The shooting happened about 8:45 p.m. in the 300 block of 157th Street, said Calumet City police Chief Edward Gilmore.
Jevante Johnson, 20, of the 300 block of Oglesby Avenue in Calumet City was pronounced dead at 9:43 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Jamal Hoare, 22, of the 14500 block of Kenwood Avenue in Dolton, was charged with first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. Jacob Wilson, 20, of the 800 block of Wentworth Avenue in Calumet City, was charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery, according to court records. Both men were ordered held in lieu of $1.5 million bail by Judge Thomas Carroll in Markham on Monday.
Police said Johnson was part of a stick-up crew that had been involved in setting up a drug deal Friday in which they were apparently going to sell $275 worth of drugs.
But when the prospective buyers showed up in the residential neighborhood, Johnson got into their vehicle, behind the driver, said Gilmore.
Johnson asked if they had the $275 and when someone answered that they did, Johnson took out a gun and announced a holdup, Gilmore said.
At that point, a person sitting next to Johnson took out his gun and shot Johnson, Gilmore said. Another man was injured in the shooting and managed to escape. The man went to a hospital in Harvey and was later transferred to Christ Medical Center where police were called because the man had been shot, Gilmore said.
When police went to the scene, they found a shoe which they were later able to connect to the shooting victim who survived, said Gilmore.
"The detectives didn't like the stories he was giving and we asked, 'Does he have one shoe because he left a shoe at the scene?' and they said yes," said Gilmore.
Hoare and Wilson, who were charged in the slaying, were part of Johnson's crew and were charged with the murder because Johnson was killed during the commission of a crime making them culpable, Gilmore said. A female, who Gilmore said was the "facilitator of this alleged fake drug deal," has not been charged. The driver of the vehicle also has not been charged, Gilmore said.
The man who shot Johnson has not been apprehended.
Gilmore said Johnson had rapped about robbing drug dealers and in one of his last posts said he may die robbing drug dealers.
An autopsy Saturday found that Johnson died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.
Hoare and Wilson are next scheduled to appear in court in Markham on Aug. 15.