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Joliet man charged with shooting his 1-year-old son, other man

Police say toddler will live

Levelle Barfield, 22, Joliet
Levelle Barfield, 22, Joliet

A Joliet man was charged Wednesday with shooting his 1-year-old son and the boyfriend of the child’s mother.

Levelle Barfield, 22, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated battery of a child for allegedly shooting the toddler and the 19-year-old boyfriend of his child’s mother Tuesday night, authorities said.

The incident happened about 9:30 p.m. at an apartment on Broadway Street near Hutchins Street, a prosecutor said during Barfield’s bond hearing Wednesday.

Barfield shot the child in the arm and the other man in the neck, back and behind the ear, the prosecutor said. Barfield pleaded not guilty to the charges. The other man was taken to a hospital, and the prosecutor said he is expected to live but may be paralyzed. The toddler’s condition was not known Wednesday afternoon.

Barfield was captured and booked into the Will County jail Wednesday morning after a brief chase, police said. Officers found Barfield three blocks away on Summit Street, police said, but when they approached him, he took off running.

Barfield was eventually taken into custody another four blocks away on Cora Street.

Barfield faces six to 60 years in prison if convicted. His bond was set at $1 million.

Barfield’s mother, Anquanette McDonald, said her son would never hurt his child. McDonald did say there has been conflict between her son and the boyfriend of his child’s mother, but said the two men were working it out.

The prosecution said in court there were two different types of bullet casings found, which McDonald said was evidence there was more than one shooter involved.

Some streets were closed on Joliet’s near West Side Tuesday night as Joliet officers scoured residents’ yards with K-9s, a Joliet woman said.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, said some streets were closed west of Broadway Street between Ingalls Avenue and Hutchins Street about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The woman’s husband said he overheard that police were looking for a gun.

The woman said police told her there was no danger at the time.

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