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Burbank Man Shot 19-Year-Old Before Car Crashed Into Tree: Police

Patch logo Patch 6/16/2021 Lorraine Swanson
a car parked on the side of a road: Oak Lawn police investigate a car vs. tree crash on June 13, where it is alleged that a Burbank man shot 19-year-old Edward Green during a car sale gone bad. © Reader contributed Oak Lawn police investigate a car vs. tree crash on June 13, where it is alleged that a Burbank man shot 19-year-old Edward Green during a car sale gone bad.

OAK LAWN, IL — A 19-year-old man who was shot in the face Sunday night crashed his car into a tree outside an Oak Lawn Starbucks during a car sale gone bad, prosecutors said. The 19-year-old, identified by police as Edward Green, of Round Lake Beach, is brain-dead and is not expected to survive.

Abdullah Jaghama, 23, of Burbank, is charged with attempted murder causing great bodily harm — a Class X felony. Jaghama is also facing felony charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Jaghama was not in court Wednesday because he is recovering from multiple fractures to his lower body. Cook County Judge Linzey Jones heard the charges read out loud in court.

On Sunday evening, June 13, Jaghama went with his friend to Starbucks at Oak Park Avenue and 95th Street, to help his friend sell a Dodge Charger. The prosecutor said the sale had been arranged on Facebook marketplace with Green. Accompanying Green was his friend, a minor.

The four met up at Starbucks and went for test drive. Jaghama drove the car south on Oak Park Avenue, with Green in the front passenger seat, and the seller and juvenile sitting in the back.

After a while, Jaghama stopped the car and changed places with Green, who started driving. The four continued to talk, negotiating the sale, without any arguments, the prosecutor said.

Green continued driving south on Oak Park. When they approached 95th Street, the prosecutor said Jaghama ordered the 19-year-old to drive back to Starbucks parking lot. When Green hesitated, Jaghama produced a 9mm handgun and shot the 19-year-old in the face and chest, according to the charges.

The prosecutor said Green slumped over as the car continued running until it crashed into a tree in the 9500 block of Oak Park Avenue.

A neighbor hearing the gunshots inside their house told police that the seller was on his phone and could be heard yelling in Arabic, “let’s go, let’s go.” Prior to crashing into the tree, the neighbor said the car had been speeding south on Oak Park Avenue.

When Oak Lawn police officers and paramedics arrived, Green’s friend was standing in shock outside the car, stating that his friend had been shot.

Both Jaghama and the 19-year-old had to be extricated from the car. As Green was being removed by paramedics, officers said they noticed a handgun tucked into the 19-year-old’s waistband.

Both men were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where doctors declared the 19-year-old to be brain-dead. Jaghama continues to recover there from his injuries.

Officers found a 9mm handgun on the car’s floorboards, where the prosecutor said Jaghama had been sitting. The seller and Green’s friend told police they were talking during the test drive, and that there had been no arguments or disputes before the shooting. Both alleged that Jaghama had shot the 19-year-old.

Texts between the seller and Jaghama indicated that the car did not have a valid title, but the seller was planing to sell the car anyway, the prosecutor said. Before the meet-up, Jaghama drove his own car to Starbucks, and is said to have told another witness that he was there to help his friend sell his car and brought "protection" because he had “an uneasy feeling," the prosecutor said Officers said they found an AK-47 rifle inside Jaghama’s car, which was still running.

The seller and juvenile were released without being charged.

The prosecutor told the judge that the 19-year-old’s injuries are grave, and is not likely to survive.

Jones agreed with the prosecutor that Jaghama should be held without bail. The Oak Lawn police officer attending the hearing did not know when Jaghama would be well enough to attend court.

Jaghama is due in court June 25 at the Bridgeivew Courthouse, when more will be known about his current medical condition. If convicted, Jaghama faces a possible life sentence.

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