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Illinois man faces attempted murder charge after store shooting

A 19-year-old Chicago-area man was accused of shooting another man inside of a Wal-Mart store on the evening of Dec. 3. The accused man, of Downers Grove, allegedly opened fire during an altercation at a Darien Wal-Mart. The alleged victim of the shooting is expected to recover after sustaining a gunshot wound in his shoulder.

DuPage County prosecutors charged the man with various felonies including attempted first-degree murder, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated battery with a firearm. At a bond hearing on Dec. 7, the man's bond was set at $3 million. He will have the option of providing 10 percent of the bond, or $300,000, in exchange for his release. The man's next court date was scheduled for Jan. 4.

When the Wal-Mart shooting incident was reported, it was unclear whether the accused man had an attorney. A person who has been accused of attempted first-degree murder may want to have legal representation as soon as possible. People in this position have the constitutional right to remain silent until they have an attorney present who can communicate with authorities on their behalf.

A criminal defense attorney may be able to help someone who has been accused of attempted murder by arguing that the shooting was done in self-defense. Photographic evidence of injuries sustained by the defendant and testimony from eyewitnesses might help to strengthen a self-defense argument. If it is not possible to argue a shooting was self-defense, an attorney may negotiate for reduced charges by explaining that the defendant was not trying to kill the alleged victim.

Source: ABC News, "$3 Million Bond for Chicago-Area Man in Wal-Mart Shooting," Dec. 7, 2015

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