Man, teenager charged with violent carjacking of Aurora woman
AURORA, Ill. (AP) – A Chicago suburban man and a minor have been charged with a violent carjacking that left a mother of two paralyzed, authorities in Aurora said Thursday.
Kimberly Weibring was eating in her car parked outside a fast food restaurant on January 16 when at least two people attempted to hijack her SUV. The couple pulled Weibring out of his vehicle, shot him in the back, and drove off in his vehicle. She was left lying in the parking lot with a broken vertebra and a bullet lodged in the spinal cord, officials said.
“This mother, who took care of her business inside her car, represents all of us who cross the world every day without harming anyone and in an instant, we have become the victim of a violent crime”, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said.
Edward James McGee, 26, of Harvey and a 16-year-old boy were charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated vehicle hijacking, gun violence and two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle.
McGee is being held in lieu of $ 500,000 bail in the Kane County Jail. The boy, who was 15 at the time of the hijacking, has not been named because he is accused of being a minor. The Kane County State Attorney’s Office has asked the court to charge him as an adult, Aurora police said.
A third suspect has died in an unrelated incident, and a fourth suspect in the carjacking is still at large, officials said.
The woman’s vehicle was used in a carjacking in Lansing shortly after being taken to Aurora, officials said. His vehicle was found on January 20 in Harvey with several bullet holes inside and outside the vehicle.