Elgin resident Ryan Ratliff, age 29, was sentenced in Cook County Court to 10 years in prison Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in exchange for pleading guilty to aggravated battery with the discharge of a firearm. Ratliff was accused of shooting a then 26 year-old male victim from McHenry at a shopping center parking lot on Higgins Road just west of Route 59 in Hoffman Estates about 10:30 p.m. Thursday December 1, 2016.
Ratliff received credit for 905 days already in custody. He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence (over 8 years) before he is eligible for parole.
Prosecutors said the male victim from McHenry had arranged to sell Ratliff marijuana, but during the transaction and before the male victim from McHenry handed over a shoe box containing marijuana, Ratliff threatened the victim by raising a gun and pointing the gun at him. Instead of paying for the box of marijuana, Ratliff took it and fled on foot. Ratliff was followed by the victim and another person in a vehicle. The male victim from McHenry and another person, who had witnessed the botched transaction, caught up with Ratliff. The witness said the victim from McHenry got out of the car and confronted Ratliff. Then Ratliff shot the male victim from McHenry in the face.
The shooting victim was treated by Hoffman Estates Fire Department firefighter/paramedics and transported to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran Hospital, where he was initially listed in critical condition. The male victim from McHenry survived, but prosecutors did not provide any information on his recovery or current condition.
Louis Segovia, age 21, of West Chicago and Arlington Heights, who authorities say drove the getaway car for Ratliff, and Rasool Haleem, age 33, of Streamwood, who prosecutors say owned the getaway car, were also arrested connected to the case. Rasool Haleem’s case and Louis Segovia’s case are pending.
The three male suspects were initially charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, and aggravated robbery.
Hoffman Estates Ambulance 24 at scene of shooting at Prairie Stone Crossing (PHOTO CREDIT: Colleen Duffy Moulton).
Hoffman Estates police investigated the shooting near Rookies Sports Bar & Grill late Thursday night December 1, 2016 and discovered the victim knew the shooter. Police announced that they did not believe the shooting was a random crime.
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The shooting occurred outside with no association with the popular sports bar, located in the Prairie Stone Crossing shopping center at the southwest corner of Higgins Road (Route 72) and Sutton Road (Route 59). Fortunately the sports bar continues to be a favorite sports bar with good food, service and atmosphere, according to multiple Yelp reviews.
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