A West Side man gunned down his girlfriend in front of her 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son, who hit the shooter with a toy and begged him to stop firing because he was “hurting” his mother, Cook County prosecutors said.
But Wynton Collins didn’t care, assistant state’s attorney Bridget O’Brien said.
He allegedly pushed past the boy, stood over Georgina Randell’s wounded body and shot her several more times where moments before she had been enjoying the summer weather on her cousin’s porch Monday evening, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.
Randell’s daughter later identified 28-year-old Collins as her mother’s killer, O’Brien said in court Wednesday as Collins hung his head down before Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr.
Randell’s relatives, as well as neighbors who were coming home from work and tending to their yards in the 1600 block of South Drake Avenue, also witnessed the shooting, which apparently was spurred by Randell’s refusal to go the bank with Collins, O’Brien said.
Collins, a security guard, was initially standing outside Randell’s cousin’s wrought iron fence when he began picking the fight with the 30-year-old woman, O’Brien said.
When Randell said she wouldn’t go to the bank, Collins allegedly reached into his waistband, pulled out a 9mm gun and shot her.
He then re-loaded the weapon and came into the front yard ignoring her son’s pleas, O’Brien said.
Randell suffered five gunshot wounds: two to her left arm, two to her left breast and one to her torso.
Following the shooting, Collins fled to a friend’s house in Bellwood, allegedly telling her he needed a place to hide because he shot his girlfriend.
That friend also saw Collins hide the gun in her backyard, O’Brien said.
Collins was arrested after the woman called police, O’Brien said.
The murder weapon was recovered.
Just two months before, Randell moved back to her family’s Lawndale home and started mapping out plans to pursue a career in criminal justice.
Collins, who also lives in 1600 block of South Drake Avenue with his grandmother, was ordered held without bail Wednesday.
Collins graduated 17th in his class at Orr Academy High School in 2002 and went to Alabama State University for a year before returning to Chicago to pursue his business administration degree at Wright College, according to assistant public defender Julie Koehler.
He currently works as a security guard at World Security Agency, which is contracted by the Chicago Housing Authority, Koehler said.
Officials with World Security Agency could not be immediately reached for comment.
A relative of Collins’ refused comment following Wednesday’s bond hearing.