West Pullman man accused of chasing down, fatally shooting man nearly a dozen times

William Lee, Chicago Tribune
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Cook County prosecutors couldn’t say why they believe two brothers chased down and killed a young man in a hail of bullets earlier this month, but the details of the shooting read like an execution.

During a bail hearing audio broadcast Sunday on YouTube, authorities accused Semaj Dixon, of West Pullman, and a second gunman of firing a combined 18 shots at the victim — striking him 11 times as he tucked into the fetal position. Prosecutors identified the second gunman as Dixon’s brother but didn’t release his name and said his whereabouts was unknown at the time of the hearing.

Judge David R. Navarro ordered Dixon, 28, who faces first-degree murder charges for the April 5 shooting, held without bail pending trial. Dixon also faces pending charges for escape while on electronic monitoring and armed habitual criminal.

Killed was Eugene Broach Jr., 21, also of West Pullman.

Prosecutors said Dixon’s ankle monitor’s GPS placed him near the scene of the shooting, then leaving and returning to the area before police arrived. Authorities did not say whether a weapon was recovered.

Dixon’s private attorney, Nicholas Giordano, challenged the ankle monitor findings, saying his client lives near the scene of the shooting. He added that Dixon contacted county officials seeking permission to leave because of death threats, adding that a third Dixon brother had been killed in the same area.

Video captured the victim fleeing through an alley from the two gunmen before he stumbled in a parkway in the 12400 block of South Lowe Avenue around 3:45 p.m. Both gunmen then stood over Broach on the residential street and fired numerous shots at close range, Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Enright told the court.

Broach was later pronounced dead

Police arrested Dixon six hours later, where they found him wearing the same pants as seen in the video, Enright said. A spot on Dixon’s pants later tested positive for gunshot residue where he allegedly touched it after the shooting.

Prosecutors said the relationship between Dixon and Broach was unknown.

Dixon had seven mostly drug-related felonies and four misdemeanor convictions, authorities said. Giordano said Dixon was the father of an 8-year-old son and was pursuing a commercial driver’s license.

The judge granted a request barring Dixon from contacting witnesses. He is expected to return to court Monday. If convicted, he faces natural life in prison.