A Chicago man was arrested earlier this week in the fatal shooting of a teenager last year who he argued with outside a Woodlawn neighborhood gas station.
The break in the long-dormant case came when a witness finally identified
Ryan Thornton, 26, as the person who shot Victor Golden, 19.
Thornton, of the 6200 block of South Langley
Avenue, was ordered held in lieu of a $800,000 bond.
On Feb. 23, 2011, Golden was standing with several friends outside a gas station on
the 800 block of East 63rd Street when Thornton and another person
approached the group at around 4:20 p.m., asking if they had problems with
Thornton then fired a 9mm handgun, striking Golden in the lower left back.
Golden, of the 7600 block of South Dante Avenue, was taken to Northwestern
Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. A 9mm bullet was removed
from his body at the Cook County Medical Examiner's office and a 9mm casing was
found at the scene.
In June of this year, someone
came forward and identified Thornton in a lineup as the shooter. A
separate witness, who ducked into the gas station for cover, told police
Thornton reached into his waistband right before the shooting.
Thornton was arrested on Oct. 26 and charged with first-degree
murder. He currently is serving a two-year probation in a drug case from earlier
this year, for which he was sentenced Sept. 13