The Cook County State’s Attorney has charged a 20-year-old Riverside man with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm for allegedly shooting a 19-year-old Broadview man twice during a drug deal that went sideways at a Forest Avenue apartment complex on Jan. 26 at about 7 p.m.
Police arrested Nicholas M. Radkiewicz in front of the Riverside Police Department at about 4 p.m. on Jan. 27. Officers were pulling out of the police station parking lot in order to get a video statement from the victim at Loyola University Medical Center when they recognized Radkiewicz, who told them he was there to surrender.
Earlier that day, police had executed a search warrant at Radkiewicz’s apartment, but he was not at home. Police have not yet recovered the weapon.
“My patrol officers, detective unit and the Major Case Assistance Team had been working on this shooting case since the original call,” said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel. Detectives worked continuously until making the arrest Sunday afternoon.”
Weitzel said that the shooting victim had traveled to Radkiewicz’s apartment just west of Riverside’s downtown to buy cannabis. He reportedly paid for the drugs with counterfeit $20 bills.
When Radkiewicz realized the bills were counterfeit, he reportedly chased the victim through the courtyard of the apartment building all the way to his vehicle, where he fired four rounds through the windshield.
Two bullets struck the victim, one in the abdomen and one under the armpit. The victim drove to his home in Broadview, where he collapsed. His mother called 911 and paramedics transported the victim to Loyola Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery.
“We were told [by hospital personnel] he will survive,” said Weitzel.
Police recovered the victim’s vehicle near his home. While police do not have the weapon in their possession, they do have the bullets and 9 mm shell casings found in the street at the scene of the shooting.
The victim remains in the intensive care unit, said Weitzel, recovering from his wounds. Police were able to conduct a video interview with the victim, and police were also able to obtain surveillance video of the shooting incident itself.
According to Weitzel, Radkiewicz gave a full confession on video.
Both charges against Radkiewicz are Class X felonies, punishable by up to 30 years in prison, if convicted.
Radkiewicz’s criminal history includes arrests for assault, obstruction of justice, domestic battery, resisting a police officer and battery to a police dog, according to Riverside police.