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Shooting has northwest Quincy neighborhood on edge

Posted: Aug. 25, 2015 4:14 pm Updated: Sep. 8, 2015 4:14 pm

By DON O'BRIEN
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dobrien@whig.com | @DOBrienWHIG

QUINCY — A peaceful, unseasonably cool August afternoon turned hectic Tuesday near the intersection of North Fifth and Cherry streets.

A man Quincy police said was in his late teens or early 20s was shot in the leg just after 3:30 p.m. while walking on the sidewalk on the west side of North Fifth and was taken by Adams County EMS to Blessing Hospital with what was believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Police announced early Wednesday morning that officers arrested 18-year-old Lelen L. Bonds of Hannibal, Mo., about four hours after the incident. Bonds was initially charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, in addition to an outstanding Missouri warrant on a probation violation in a burglary case, and is being held in the Adams County Jail.

Bonds will officially be charged when he makes his first appearance in Adams County Circuit Court, which could happen as early as Wednesday.

Deputy Chief Doug VanderMaiden said the shooting was not a random act of violence. He declined to release the name the person who was shot, but neighbors identified him as 18-year-old Henry Johnson.

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“A gold Toyota Corolla pulled up, and a guy in the back seat had a yellow and black gun,” said a bystander who asked not to be identified. “He shot the guy once and then drove off really fast.”

The bystander said four men were in the car and they were talking to Johnson before the shooting.

The shooting happened a block south of where 12-year-old Ray Humphrey Jr. was fatally shot on March 28. Steson L. Crider, 20, of Chandler, Ariz., has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Humphrey’s death.

Tuesday’s shooting did nothing to calm the fears of those who live in the neighborhood.

Stephanie Kindhart, who said she had lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years before recently moving her family to rural Adams County, was visiting the area Tuesday when the shooting occurred.

“I‘ve walked these streets for 20 years, and I didn’t care what time of day it was, but I wouldn’t do it anymore — not by myself anyway,” Kindhart said. “There is too much going here. We need some more kindness. The police can do their jobs, but there needs to be more unity in the community.”

A portion of North Fifth street was closed for little more than an hour as police gathered evidence from the scene. Andy Douglas, who works with the Quincy Public School bus system, said a few buses had to run alternate routes because of the incident.

The case remains under investigation. Police ask anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers hotline at 228-4474.

Shooting spree

Here’s a look at other significant shooting incidents Quincy police have responded to in 2015:

March 28 — Ray Humphrey Jr., 12, was shot about 1 a.m. outside 1127 N. Fifth. He died a short time later at Blessing Hospital. Steson L. Crider, 20, of Chandler, Ariz., is facing a first-degree murder charge. He has pleaded not guilty, and his case is on the September jury docket.

July 4 — Randy Bowser-Smith, 21, of Quincy, was killed and Skyler Osborne, 21, also of Quincy, was injured during an incident at 635 College. The men were shot about 8:30 p.m. in an apartment complex on the city’s northwest side. Gavin J. Masters, 18, of Quincy has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the case. Masters has pleaded not guilty, and his case is on the September jury docket.

July 28 — A 17-year-old Quincy boy was taken to Blessing Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after he was shot about 10 a.m. near 814 York near Quincy’s downtown. The teen was treated for a bullet wound in the foot. No arrests have been made in connection with that case.