DECATUR – A 20-year-old man who narrowly survived a gunshot wound to his head last week is facing felony charges after police said they found heroin and firearms inside his residence.
A probable cause affidavit released Monday revealed the shooting, which sent Akease K. Wright and a 12-year-old boy to the hospital early Wednesday, came within an inch or so of killing Wright. Another man, 23-year-old Tresean L. Washington, faces two preliminary counts of attempted murder in the shooting.
Police said Wright, a resident of the 400 block of South Maffit Street, survived a bullet which penetrated his forehead and burrowed between his skin and skull, said an affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Bradley Hall. Wright was treated and released from the hospital the same day.
He was subsequently arrested and arraigned Monday on felony charges, including Class X charges carrying lengthy prison sentences.
Washington, whose bond was set at $1 million on Saturday, is being held in the Macon County Jail, pending his arraignment on charges connected with the shooting. Formal charging decisions are made by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.
The boy, who is related to Wright and was staying overnight at his house at the time of the shooting, survived bullet wounds to his "lower right abdomen area, right buttock, left wrist and right forearm," Hall wrote in the affidavit.
He was being treated at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. A hospital spokeswoman said Monday that information on his condition was not being released because he is a juvenile. He is expected to live, Decatur Police Sgt. Chris Copeland said.
At about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, police were sent to the Maffit Street residence in response to a 911 call from a man who reported "he had been shot in the head," Hall wrote in his statement.
Wright and the boy were taken to St. Mary's Hospital. The boy was airlifted to St. John's Hospital for additional treatment.
In a police interview, Wright said he and the boy were asleep on couches in the living room area, when a male forced open the front door and entered the area where they were sleeping. He was "wearing all black clothing with a hood pulled over his head," Wright told police.
The intruder "almost immediately fired approximately five rounds at him with one striking him in the head," Wright said, according to the affidavit. "After he was hit, the black male then fired several more rounds at (the boy) who was on the adjacent couch."
Wright told police he then ran to the bedroom of the residence to get his own gun. When Wright returned to the living room, he "attempted to fire a round" at the intruder, but "the gun jammed." The assailant then fled from Wright's home.
After police developed information that identified Washington as the shooter, he was arrested at about 12:35 Friday afternoon on the 700 block of East Johns Avenue, around the corner from the shooting scene.
"Washington denied all involvement with this incident and advised he was not the shooter," Hall wrote in his statement. It is not known whether Washington has retained an attorney.
Washington recently completed a parole term, after serving consecutive three-year sentences in the Illinois Department of Corrections for convictions of aggravated battery/great bodily harm and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, in 2011 Macon County cases. He was released from prison July 11, 2014 and discharged from parole July 15, 2016.
Wright was arrested Wednesday afternoon, after police found the contraband, including a stolen handgun, inside his residence.
As police conducted a routine "protective sweep" of the residence following the shooting, in order to ensure the safety of first responders, officers "observed two handguns, cannabis an functioning (digital) scales in plain view," said an affidavit by Decatur police detective Adam Jahraus.
Heroin was located in a closet in his bedroom, along with "various packaging materials" and "Dormin, a substance commonly used by heroin dealers to cut or increase the volume of the product," Jahraus wrote in his statement. Wright admitted that he was responsible for the two handguns found in the residence, a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and a Sig-Sauer 9mm handgun, which was discovered to have been stolen from a vehicle Feb. 1 in Decatur, according to the affidavit. Wright did not possess a firearm owners identification card.
Wright is being held in jail on $250,000 bond and appeared in court Monday for his arraignment. Wright, who told Associate Macon County Judge Phoebe Bowers he is trying to hire a private attorney, was arraigned on six felony counts, including two counts of Class X armed violence, for possessing a dangerous weapon while committing the crime of possession of heroin. Each count of armed violence is punishable by 15 to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He is due back in court to present his attorney June 2.
Wright's other charges are: two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count each of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of school property. The residence is across the street from Johns Hill Magnet School.