By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
LINCOLN PARK – A tense 24 hours in the city ended peacefully about 5 p.m. Thursday when a suspected gunman turned himself in to police.
Tobias Catron, 19, was wanted for questioning after a 40-year-old man was shot in the neck shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 1400 block of Mayflower Avenue.
After having eluded police for a day Catron turned himself in Thursday. A Police Department spokesperson said Catron walked through the front door with hands in the air.
The victim, whose daughter was believed to be an acquaintance of Catron, was reportedly in stable condition in a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said there was a confrontation between Catron and the victim near a house where the suspected shooter had been staying. Neighbors told investigators that they heard a single gunshot fired.
Catron had left the area on foot but could not be located by police and K-9 patrol.
Police said Catron had allegedly sent harassing texts to the victim’s daughter.
After turning himself in, Catron told investigators that the shooting was in self-defense. He showed police where he hid the handgun allegedly used.
Police requested a warrant and expected Catron to be arraigned in 25th District Court Friday afternoon.
(James Mitchell can be reached at [email protected].)