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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, February 12, 2021

Bond Denied for DeKalb Man Charged with Attempt Murder in Random Shooting

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and West Chicago Interim Chief of Police Chris Shackelford announced today that bond has been denied for a DeKalb man accused of shooting an innocent man during his dinner break from work. Ahmad Steele, 34 (d.o.b. 8/15/1986) of the 1400 block of Twombly Road, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Craig Belford denied bond. Steele is charged with one count of Attempt Murder and one count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm. Both Counts are a Class X Felony with the Attempt Murder charge carrying a mandatory firearm add-on of twenty-five years up to natural life.  

On January 28, 2021 at approximately 7:50 p.m., police officers from the West Chicago Police Department responded to Mapei Corporation at 530 Industrial Drive in West Chicago for a report of a subject with a facial injury. Upon their arrival, officers discovered the victim walking around the building’s parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his face. An investigation into the shooting found that the victim had been sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot during his dinner break from Mapei Corporation. It is alleged that at approximately 7:30 p.m., an SUV entered the parking lot and parked several spaces away from the victim. It is alleged that the driver of the SUV, later identified as Steele, left his vehicle and walked toward the victim’s vehicle carrying a shotgun. It is alleged that Steele approached the driver’s side of the victim’s vehicle, raised the shotgun and fired into the vehicle, shooting the victim, whom he did not know, in the face. It is further alleged that Steele then returned to his vehicle but then went back to the victim’s vehicle and raised the shotgun at the vehicle a second time before fleeing in his SUV. The victim was immediately transported to a local hospital and is currently in critical condition. On February 6, 2021, the Naperville Police Department observed an SUV suspected to be involved in the shooting driving on IL Route 59.  Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at IL Route 59 and Ogden Avenue. The driver of the vehicle, Ahmad Steele, was allegedly driving on a revoked driver’s license and taken into custody at this time. On February 9, 2021, a search warrant executed at the defendant’s residence yielded a shotgun and shotgun shells. Officers also learned that Steele allegedly had recently searched the Internet for unsolved murders and recent homicides in DuPage County, Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.         

“The allegations against Mr. Steele are extremely disturbing,” Berlin said. “This unwarranted alleged random attack against an unsuspecting, innocent man, whose life has been forever changed, will be strenuously prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The charges filed today against Mr. Steele are the direct result of the truly outstanding police work of the West Chicago Police Department and the assistance of the always vigilant Naperville Police Department. I commend both of these police department for their efforts. I would like to thank the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Forensic Investigations Unit, the DuPage County Metropolitan Emergency Response & Investigation Team (MERIT), the DeKalb Police Department, the Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI Chicago Regional Forensics Computer Lab, Illinois State Police Crime Laboratory, United States Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Secret Service. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Helen Kapas for her efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Steele.”

“Thanks to the sustained efforts of the members of the Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigations Team, the members of the West Chicago Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office, aided by the diligence of members of the Naperville Police Department, the victim and his family can find some measure of peace knowing the person allegedly responsible for this act will have to answer for his actions in a court of law,” Shackelford said.

Steele’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 8, 2021 for arraignment in front of Judge Daniel Guerin.           

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.