First reported 4/15/2009 10:26 a.m.

A Chicago ex-convict was charged with two counts of attempted murder Tuesday. Anthony Drayton, also known as Tony McNeal, of the 1100 block of North Austin Boulevard in Chicago, stands accused of shooting his 27-year-old live-in girlfriend, the night of April 12, as she stood on the corner of Division and Austin in Oak Park. He was also charged with a single count of aggravated battery with a firearm.

Police spotted Drayton standing on the 900 block of North Humphrey the following morning, April 13, and arrested him.

At the time of the shooting, Drayton was out on parole from a previous aggravated battery with firearm conviction. According to Illinois Department of Corrections records, Drayton was paroled in February, 2007. He is being held without bond in Cook County Jail, awaiting his next court date on May 8.

The 27-year-old woman, a resident on the 1100 block of North Austin, allegedly argued with Drayton earlier Sunday night. Drayton reportedly left the apartment, as did the woman. Around 9:15 p.m., he returned.

“They’d had a domestic dispute and he left,” said Detective Sgt. Roger Grivetti. “She was standing on the corner when he drove up and shot her.”

Drayton reportedly fired a single shot at the woman, striking her in the lower abdomen. The woman was taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood for surgery on what were termed “non-life threatening injuries.”

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