08/14/2013 11:50 am ET Updated Aug 15, 2013

Lamont Grant Charged In Saturday Homicide That Killed 1, Injured Another, Judge Denies Bond

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Bond was denied for a man who turned himself into police after a Saturday shooting that left one man dead and another injured along a Chicago Public School Safe Passage route.

Wednesday, Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered Lamont Grant, 34, held without bail. The Sun-Times reports the father of five was firing at his estranged wife and her boyfriend when he critically injured one man and killed 54-year-old Ralph McNeal.

Early Wednesday, Grant turned himself in to police and was subsequently charged with one count of first degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, according to the Tribune.

On Saturday, McNeal was shot on the street near 29th and State around 6:45 p.m. in the city's Douglas neighborhood and McNeal, known to family and friends as "Cubby," was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. A 25-year-old man also sustained a graze wound during the incident and was hospitalized.

McNeal's friends told ABC Chicago he was caught in a crossfire when he got between someone else involved in a quarrel over a woman.

Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church said Grant's family reached out to him and urged Grant to come forward. According to Brooks's Twitter updates, the two shared a meal, prayed at the church where Grant made a video "encouraging young men to stop shooting" and then Brooks accompanied Grant to a police station where he turned himself in.

Brooks said Grant suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and was not in his "right mind" during the attack, CBS Chicago reports.

“I don’t know what provoked him to finally get around to shooting, but he hadn’t had his medicine, he was stressed and he was scared,” Brooks told the Sun-Times. “He turned himself in because [McNeal] had nothing to do with" the prior attack on him.

Grant is expected in bond court later Wednesday.



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