Crime Lab Melrose Park Shop Jumps to a Leading Seller of 'Crime Guns' in Chicago Area
Chicago Tribune / October 27, 2017
By Annie Sweeney, Jason Meisner, and Jeremy Gorner
Timothy Ward was a convicted felon barred from possessing a firearm on the night he fatally shot a man during an argument on Chicago’s West Side.
Minutes after the July 2015 slaying, police stopped a light-colored van and found the suspected murder weapon — a black revolver — under the front passenger seat where Ward had been sitting.
The gun had been sold just four months earlier at Suburban Sporting Goods in Melrose Park, a cramped strip mall store about 10 miles from the gritty block where 25-year-old Charzelle Hayes was killed, according to Chicago police. Ballistics matched the Nagant revolver to bullets removed from Hayes’ body, police said.