alton spann and shaoxiong zheng
Fox 32 Chicago

18-year-old arrested for shooting death of University of Chicago graduate

Chicago police arrested 18-year-old Alton Spann for allegedly robbing and shooting to death 24-year-old Shaoxiong Zheng, reports Fox 32 Chicago. The shooting occurred on November 9th in Hyde park shortly before 2 pm. Zheng was walking on the sidewalk of the 900 block of East 54th Place when a vehicle pulled up next to Zheng and a gunman got out.

Witnesses said there was a struggle between the suspect and Zheng before the suspect shot Zheng in the chest. Police said the suspect stole a phone from Zheng and got back in the car and fled.

Zheng was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Shortly after, police said the suspect pawned the stolen phone for $100, reports CBS Chicago.

Police said they used footage from surveillance cameras to find Spann. A day after the shooting, police descended on Spann’s residence and arrested him. Police said he had two guns – one which matched the weapon used in the shooting – and the key fob for the getaway car which was also a stolen car. Additionally, police said Spann was wearing the same clothes he was in during the shooting.

Zheng immigrated from Hong Kong to Chicago to further his education. He recently graduated from the University of Chicago with a master’s degree in statistics.

Alton Spann has been charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, and two counts of unlawful weapon use.

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