Devante York

Devante York

A Morgan Park man has been charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of a 53-year-old woman in the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood last November, according to the Chicago Police Department Office of News Affairs.

Devante York, 27, of the 1900 block of West Pryor Avenue, was arrested on his home block on May 11.

He appeared in court on May 13 and was denied bail.

His next court date is June 3.

York is charged with shooting Kimberly Underwood on Nov. 6.

According to media reports, prosecutors alleged that York and six other men who are connected to a faction of the Gangster Disciples swept through Altgeld Gardens, on the Southeast Side, communicating through hand signals as they moved through the rival gang’s territory.

Underwood was inside a vehicle that pulled into a parking spot on the 1000 block of East 132nd Street, prosecutors said, and the men opened fire.

York is the first of the seven gunmen to be arrested.

Authorities said records show York using his phone near the scene and that he was identified by surveillance video.

York’s attorney said in reports that York is a college student who has attended Governors State University and is 16 credits short of a degree.

According to Chicago police arrest reports since 2014, York was arrested last December and charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a loaded weapon, as well as several driving violations.

He was also arrested in July 2015 and charged with possession of 30-500 grams of cannabis, possession of a controlled substance and possession of ammunition without a valid firearm owners identification card.