Woman charged with attempted murder, home invasion in Oak Park shooting

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Three people are in police custody and one of them, a 21-year-old woman, has been charged in connection with last week's shooting of an Oak Park man on north Taylor Avenue. The victim was seriously injured with wounds to his shoulder and jaw in the shooting last Thursday.

Erica J. Anderson, 21, of the 3100 block of West Flournoy Ave., Chicago was arrested by Oak Park police and charged today with attempted first-degree murder, home invasion, armed robbery and aggravated battery in the shooting of James F. Wilson, 50. Oak Park police said Wilson may have known Anderson previously.

Anderson is being held in Cook County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bond, police said. A preliminary court date was set for Friday, June 7. If convicted she could face up to 30 years in prison.

The Cook County State's Attorney's office is reviewing evidence to see if the other two suspects in custody can be charged.

Responding to a 9-1-1 call just after 6 p.m. May 30, police found Wilson inside near his basement apartment bleeding but conscious. He was transported to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood where he remains in stable condition. Police said Wilson was unable to speak, but could communicate with investigators by writing.

Oak Park police said the investigation is ongoing.

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OP Transplant  

Posted: May 27th, 2014 2:57 PM

"What she do steal your boyfriend or if you're a guy, she wouldn't date you." One thing "she do", apparently, is shoot this guy in the head. That kind of thing attracts police attention. Since the victim is communicating with the police in writing, I don't think the shooter's identity is much of a question.

Loni from Columbus  

Posted: May 27th, 2014 2:24 PM

Gean Bean you have to be a young stupid person to call someone a thot first of all and say get the death penalty for a shooting that has not even been proven to be her. You need Jesus, your hatred toward the people you say you know personally should not be that evil minded. What she do steal your boyfriend or if you're a guy, she wouldn't date you. Ignorant

Random from Chicago  

Posted: July 8th, 2013 1:11 AM

I graduated hs with Erica. At that time, James was a security guard in our hs. It is out of character for Erica to do something so stupid. There was something definitely done by James that is being kept secret.

Gean Bean from Chicago  

Posted: June 13th, 2013 12:02 AM

@erica_anderson, this is the saddest and most dumbest thot I ever seen..i kno them both personally and I just don't understand what james did to deserve to be shot like some animal, speaking of which, this woman needs to be treated like an animal and caged..all I have to say is death penalty to the max!

Tyrone from Bell  

Posted: June 10th, 2013 6:57 PM

Monique, it does not matter what the relationship was, what happened, what went down, or what led to this. It's MURDER, plain and simple and I donot care what happened. She should be locked up for life

OP Rez  

Posted: June 9th, 2013 3:09 AM

Joe, I've experienced the same... I remember the journal said not so long ago that they were implementing "flagging" so that individual posts that were considered "inappropriate" would be disabled, so the discussion could continue. The reason entire discussions were disabled before was because they didn't have this ability to disable individual comments. So it's confusing why entire discussions are disabled when the point of flagging was to isolate and remove posts deemed inappropriate.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 8th, 2013 8:07 PM

Paddy Boy - Turn your guns into the police. They are then melted down in a foundry in the city.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: June 8th, 2013 11:23 AM

I've been reading long enough to know that if a conversation turns in a direction that the paper doesn't like the whole thread gets shut down.

OP Rez  

Posted: June 7th, 2013 3:25 PM

Why was the comments section of the most recent article on this shooting shut down? I didn't see anyone writing any racist comments, unless Django went on one of her racist rampages again, but wasn't the point of the flagging of posts to remove specific posts as oppose to shut down entire conversations?

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: June 6th, 2013 1:54 PM

What was 50 year old Bill Clinton doing with 21 year old Monica Lewinsky? I dont know,but they consented, Dont want to be God or Judge on this one,but jury member would be great.


Posted: June 6th, 2013 11:03 AM

Monique-Regardless of motive, this is yet another example of certain folks resolving conflicts with guns. Her address is ONE BLOCK away from a police station and criminal court (convenient AND ironic). If she was threatened in any way, why not alert authorities? Why must the first response be bang-bang? She thought nothing of bringing her conflict into our community at our risk. And I will gladly trade post-violence prayers for pre-conflict common sense. Or perhaps we should pray for that?

joe from south oak park  

Posted: June 6th, 2013 10:31 AM

I guess we will have to see who is eating crow when all is said and done. For what it's worth, if either of the Anderson's shot this man they need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


Posted: June 6th, 2013 10:21 AM

@ Joe either one of us are not sure how it went but we are not GOD NOR THE JUDGE..... But in these like this all we need to do is PRAY and ask God to help all PARTIES. From the looks of it this girl had no prior or anything until this happened. So at the same time you have to question WHAT WAS MR. WILSON DOING WITH A 21YR OLD GIRL so Just because he knew the Person does not " Make it and Open shut case" it just a chance for THE PEOPLE TO BE HEARD AND THE CASE OVERLOOKED.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: June 5th, 2013 11:31 PM

Monique- with any due respect, Ms. Anderson was known to the victim. as far as "where there [is an] action there is a reaction" There is nothing that the victim could have done that would justify going to his house and shooting him. If Ms. Anderson had a complaint about the victim she should have taken it to the police. Your straw-man argument will not stand. We will see what comes out in court, but with an eye witness that knows the offender... it seems like a pretty open and shut case.


Posted: June 5th, 2013 11:21 PM


Paddy Boy  

Posted: June 5th, 2013 1:49 PM

OK - let's do the math. Any given reasonably manufactured gun made of hardened/tempered steel - which most are - can last 100 years, (easily.) My family owns two hunting rifles that we purchased in the 1950's, for instance. They work just fine with little or no maintenance. We have about 80 million guns in circulation today. So... anybody, tell me how to get rid of the guns! I'm waiting ....

Marty from OP  

Posted: June 5th, 2013 9:46 AM

What amazes me, the Boston Marathon bombing it was the bombers that committed the crime. In the Newtown shooting it was the guns that committed the crime. Am I missing something?

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: June 5th, 2013 8:32 AM

Ray and Maxx; Muriel knows best. No more conversation about this topic.


Posted: June 5th, 2013 1:46 AM

Send this low life away to prison and throw away the key. 30 years, if she even gets that under our lenient legal system, is too short considering the risk it poses. This "person" need not see the light of day again, and society will be better for it.

How from Oak Park  

Posted: June 5th, 2013 12:15 AM

@Heavens: She is not a cowgirl, she is a criminal. Also, HOW do you propose we take away all of the guns? Ask the criminals nicely to turn them in? @Muriel: Illinois does have "gun control", some of the toughest gun laws in the nation actually. I hope the fact she used a gun doesn't take away from her willful and conscious criminal act. SHE committed the crime, not the tool. Great work OPPD! Stay safe all.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 8:05 PM

Cudos to OPPD for putting this 'lady' away! If the other two had anything to do with it hopefully they can join her.

Maxx Paulson from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 7:58 PM

I really don't see how banning guns would solve this at all. As Ray said, had it been a legal gun that would have been the headline. Also, just because guns are banned, does that mean that criminals and murderers are going to suddenly decide to follow the law and turn in their guns? I mean, after all, it would be absurd to suggest that criminals might not follow the law...

Ray Simpson from Oak Park  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 7:27 PM

@ Muriel - please define " Gun Control" and explain how it would have prevented this assault? Had this person had a legal weapon the Wednesday journal would have made that the 144 point headline on page 1. since no mention was made I must assume that the gun was not legal and so your gun control laws wouldn't mean anything.

muriel schnierow from OakPark,Illinois60302  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 7:16 PM

this is why we need gun control.no more conversation .this is outrageous .

Heavens to Betsy from OP Marion st  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 5:59 PM

This is why guns are dangerous, especially revolvers. This cowgirl shot and robbed her co worker in our beloved peaceful village. Why? If theres no guns, than crime will drop. Take all eapons away and no m ore cowboys/cowgirls using revolvers.

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