$300K bond for accused gunman in Burnham bar shooting

2013-03-27T15:37:00Z $300K bond for accused gunman in Burnham bar shootingGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 27, 2013 3:37 pm  • 

BURNHAM | Police still were searching Wednesday for several men involved in a tavern brawl early Sunday that started when someone shot a security guard who happened to be there.

Police said they have arrested Tremale Murphy, 37, of Chicago, and charged him with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and aggravated battery with a firearm. He is suspected of firing the shots at the Little Brown Jug, 14540 Torrence Ave.

Murphy had his initial court appearance at the 6th District Cook County Circuit Court in Markham, where bond was set Wednesday at $300,000. He will remain at the Cook County Jail until he is able to post 10 percent of the bond.

Police Chief Pete Belos was unable to say what provoked the incident, but said Murphy allegedly shot a security guard who happened to be at the tavern about 3 a.m. Sunday.

The shooting then caused several customers at the tavern to attack Murphy. Police said the brawl began inside the tavern but quickly spread outside.

The guard, whom Belos was unable to identify, was treated for his wounds at Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond, while Murphy was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn to be treated for his injuries.

Belos said officials had to wait until Murphy had recovered sufficiently from the beating before charges could be filed against him.

As of Wednesday afternoon, three men were in police custody for the beating with charges likely to be filed against all of them.

Belos said police still were searching for more men who were involved in the brawl, and that charges might be filed against them as well.

Detectives have spent the past few days studying a surveillance video from the tavern to properly identify everyone who was involved in the incident.

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