Woman, Age 18, Shot on Main St Near Skokie Blvd; Man, Age 23, in Custody After “Accidental Misfire”

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Skokie police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 10:24 p.m. Friday to a report that a woman had been shot in the 4700 block of Main Street, Skokie. When police and then firefighter/paramedics arrived, they discovered an 18-year-old female with gunshot wounds to the wrist and chest. The woman was transported to Level I Trauma Center St Francis Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. She was transported Wounds were apparently superficial because the woman, who lives in Niles, was released a short time later.

Darious R. Broom, 23, of the 9000 block of Knight Avenue in unincorporated Des Plaines, who is believed to be an acquaintance of the victim, faces a charge of aggravated battery with a firearm, a Class X felony.

Broom had removed a 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun from his waistband and was “showing off” the weapon when it discharged, striking the victim, according to police.

Broom remains in custody on $350,000 bail after appearing in court Tuesday, and is scheduled to return to court on May 29, 2015. Skokie police said they will be seeking an indictment on additional charges when Broom’s case goes before a grand jury.

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