May 21, 2022

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Man Accused In Alsip Gas Station Shooting Turns Self In: Cops

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ALSIP, IL — A south suburban man wanted for the shooting of a customer in November 2021 turned himself into Alsip police. William Snodey, 39, appeared Monday before Cook County Judge Linzie Jones on a charge of attempted murder.

A no-bail warrant had been issued in December for Snodey, who sometimes uses the name “John Searcy,” when police said Snodey shot a 22-year-old Mount Greenwood man at the Shell station at 117th Street and Pulaski Road. Witnesses told police that the young man had tried to intervene when Snodey became confrontational with a female customer, the prosecutor said.

Alsip police confirmed that Snodey turned himself on Sunday night. Police said Snodey came in alone and did not have an attorney with him.

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Around 6 p.m. Nov. 21, the prosecutor said that a man, later identified as Snodey, was engaged in a loud argument with a gas station employee. Police allege that Snodey became confrontational with other customers in the store.

The young man interrupted Snodey when he started arguing with a woman, the prosecutor said. Snodey pushed the young man and went outside, where Snodey is believed to have gone to his vehicle to get a gun.

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The 22-year-old man was leaving the store when the prosecutor said Snodey returned. When the younger man tried to run, witnesses told police Snodey started shooting the 22-year-old in his legs and feet, making such statements as, “this will teach you to mind your own business,” the prosecutor said. Snodey then got into a newer model silver or gray Ford Bronco and fled south on Pulaski. The prosecutor said much of the incident was captured on store security video.

Although the wounds were non-life threatening, the Mount Greenwood man was “grievously injured,” and has to use a wheelchair during his recovery, the prosecutor said.

Alsip police were able to obtain a license plate number identifying Snodey as the suspect, the prosecutor said. DNA evidence collected by police also tied Snodey to the crime scene, according to the charges. At the time when the arrest warrant was issued on Dec. 3, 2021, police believed Snodey had left the area. Public records showed Snodey living in the Alsip area.

The assistant public defender told the judge that Snodey was a commercial truck driver with a CDL. He lived with one of his parents, and also in another household with his young children. Snodey was also involved in his church.

Judge Jones said witness statements and security video warranted Snodey to be held without bail.

“Based on all that and the charge of attempted murder, the presumption is great that the defendant is guilty,” the judge said.

Snodey is due back in court May 31 in Bridgeview. The judge arranged for Snodey to call his family before being brought to Cook County Jail.

Surveillance image of suspect Alsip police identified as William Snodey, 39.

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