Steak 'N Shake Shooting Suspect Turns Himself In

Steak ‘N Shake Shooting Suspect Turns Himself In

A man accused of shooting a teenager at a Batavia Steak ‘n Shake drive-through last week has turned himself in to police and is in custody at the Kane County Adult Justice Center.

According to a Facebook post from the Batavia Police Department, Terry W. Hunter, 27, of Aurora has been charged with:

  • Three counts of Attempt Murder — 720 ILCS 5/8-4(a) and 720 ILCS 5/9-1(a)(1), a Class X felony.
  • Aggravated Battery — 720 ILCS 5/12-3.05(e)(1), a Class X felony.
  • Armed Violence — 720 ILCS 5/33A-2, a Class X felony.
  • Seven counts of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm — 720 ILCS 5/24-1.2(a)(2), a Class 1 felony.
  • Unlawful Use of Weapon by Felon – 720 ILCS 5/24-1.1(a), a Class 3 felony.

The charges stem from a Feb. 20, 2018, shooting incident in the parking lot of the popular Steak ‘n Shake restaurant at 1901 McKee St., just off Randall Road.

According to Batavia police, at around 6:25 p.m. that day, officers were dispatched to the Steak ‘n Shake for a delayed report of a shooting in the parking lot. Police were initially alerted by medical staff at a local area hospital that they were treating a male patient for an apparent gunshot wound that he told them he had received while in the parking lot the drive-through lane.

The victim, a 17-year-old from Carol Stream, was treated at Delnor hospital and released, suffering a single, non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his upper left leg.

Evidence collected during a crime-scene investigation indicated that the offending vehicle was a red sedan.

The victim told police that, while parked in the drive-through lane at the restaurant, there was a verbal altercation between the occupants in his vehicle and an occupant of a red sedan. As a result of the altercation, the victim alleged a subject inside the red vehicle fired numerous shots at him, striking him once.

In an attempt to leave the parking lot, the driver of the red sedan lost control of the vehicle. The sedan struck an unoccupied car parked in the lot, sustaining moderate damage to the front passenger bumper and fender, then exited the lot, police said.

The sedan was located several hours later in the 1000 block of Lorlyn Circle, and the firearm believed to be used in this case was located in a parking lot near the scene of the shooting, police said.

Search warrants for the vehicle and residence associated with the vehicle were obtained and executed in conjunction with the Kane County SWAT team. No injuries were reported during service of the warrants.

Subsequent investigation resulted in Hunter’s identification, and charges were approved via consultation with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office before Hunter turned himself in.

The charges against Hunter are not proof of guilt. He is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which it is the burden of the state to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

SOURCE: Batavia Police Department news release and Facebook posts

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