Marion Richardson Wiki – Marion Richardson Biography
Marion Richardson, a 17-year-old boy who fatally shot a 16-year-old boy during a chaotic night in Millennium Park, opened fire near The Bean after the younger boy jumped on his back and hit him in the head, police said. Cook County Prosecutors. in court on Monday.
As Marion Richardson was being arrested, she told police, “You guys ain’t going to do anything anyway, a hundred (expletive) walking towards me, what am I supposed to do? You’re all sitting there, brother,” Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said in court.
Marion Richardson Age
Marion Richardson is 17 years old.
Shooting – Charged
Richardson faces a second-degree murder charge alleging he killed 16-year-old Seandell Holliday in the unreasonable belief that shooting in self-defense was justified. Richardson is also charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, a more serious felony, which means the case was automatically transferred to adult court.
Cook County Judge Mary Marubio ordered Richardson held on $250,000 cash bond with electronic monitoring. He will have to pay the full amount to be placed on house arrest while his case is pending.
Police said hundreds of youths were in Millennium Park on Saturday night, creating a massive disturbance. In court Monday, Murphy said that large group gatherings are known as “trends,” which are advertised on social media and that Richardson had participated in one before.
Before Saturday’s shooting, Richardson noticed a group of people nearby that included a boy he had gotten into a fight with at a previous store, Murphy said. That group at one point appeared to disperse, but then returned and began following Richardson, according to prosecutors.
A woman got into an argument with Richardson and Richardson’s friend started pulling him away from the group, Murphy said. That’s when Holliday came up behind Richardson, jumped on his back, and hit him in the head, Murphy said. Another man approached and also appeared to hit Richardson, he said.
Richardson then pulled out a handgun and shot Holliday in the chest, then fled, Murphy, said. As he ran, he dropped the gun, picked it up, put it on his waistband, and kept running, Murphy said.
Officers chased him down and apprehended him on the lawn at Millennium Park, where they retrieved a .380-caliber semi-automatic with a laser attachment and an extended magazine containing seven live hollow-point bullets from his pants, Murphy said.
Much of the encounter was captured on camera, including social media videos of the actual shooting, surveillance footage of the events leading up to it, and body camera video of the pursuit and arrest, Murphy said.
Richardson’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Kate Moriarty, said Richardson has no criminal record and that he was supposed to start working at a restaurant this week.
Moriarty also argued that the case was improperly charged and should not be in adult court, saying she believes prosecutors brought the aggravated assault charge solely to keep the case out of juvenile court. Prosecutors denied that allegation, and although Marubio called Moriarty’s argument “very convincing,” she refused to send the case to juvenile court.
Setting a high bail, Marubio noted Richardson’s age and lack of a criminal record but said there was a “chutzpah” in bringing a loaded gun into a crowded park where there was a police presence.
Richardson was one of two people taken into custody at the park shortly after Holliday was shot around 7:30 p.m., which is also when hundreds of teenagers were moving through the area, creating a disturbance and prompting a large police response. More than two dozen minors were eventually arrested.
But the 17-year-old was specifically seen on video in an “altercation” with Holliday just before a gunshot was heard, according to a police report. He also fled from police and was found in possession of a gun that had “a shell casing that had a stovepipe on it,” he said.
Saturday’s shooting occurred around 7:30 p.m. in the 200 block of East Randolph Street. Around the same time, police were responding “in the downtown and Millennium Park area” to what they considered a large crowd “riot,” involving 400 to 500 teenagers, according to estimates.
Holliday was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, initially in critical condition, according to Larry Merritt, spokesman for the Fire Department. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 8:12 p.m., according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
A second man, whose age was not listed in the police report, was also “observed in close proximity to (the 17-year-old) at the time of his arrest.” He was also seen pulling a gun from his waistband, but the police report says he only pulled the gun after Holliday was shot. When he saw the officers approaching him, he too began to run, according to the report, but was stopped and taken into custody after a brief foot chase.
The gun the second man pulled from his waistband was a ghost gun, meaning it doesn’t have a serial number and is untraceable, the report said. It was not immediately clear if police had filed charges against the man with the phantom gun.