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Three men charged in series of shootings

NORTH CHICAGO – A North Chicago man and two Waukegan men are facing charges in connection with a series of shootings in North Chicago, police said.

North Chicago police were called about 1:09 a.m. April 21 to the intersection of Argonne Drive and Jackson Street for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found several spent casings, police said.

They then received a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Broadway Avenue. They found the driver of a Lyft whose vehicle had been shot several times, police said. As they were at the scene, officers were dispatched to the area of 14th Street and Dugdale Road for a report of shots fired into a moving vehicle from another moving vehicle, police said.

About 3:14 a.m., a North Chicago patrol officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of 19th and Grove streets. That led to a pursuit, at which time one of the men in the vehicle fired at least two shots from a passenger-side window at the pursuing officer, police said.

Eventually, the suspects – Raymond Steward, 26, of North Chicago; James Towns, 27, of Waukegan; and Willie Bell, 28, of Waukegan – were taken into custody.

They were each charged with first-degree attempted murder of a peace officer, reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm. They were processed and taken to Lake County Jail.

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