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Gunman Arrested Following Shooting of Chicago UAW Officials


The man who presumably opened fire on two UAW officials last week, wounding both, has been arrested and charged, Chicago police announced late Tuesday.

William Cowart, 50, was introduced on charges of felony aggravated battery and discharging a firearm in connection with the June 3 shooting.

The victims, Aaron Straker and Jeff Bacon, had just been re-elected as UAW representatives of Ford’s Chi town Assembly Plant when they were shot away from Local 551 union corridor. An argument outside the Southern Torrance Avenue building apparently led to the capturing, which left each men with gunshot injuries to their legs. They were listed in stable condition following the incident.

Cowart, who fled the picture, was arrested from his Richton Park house the day after the capturing. He has since posted $50,000 bond and can appear in court tomorrow.

It isn’t known whether Cowart is an employee from Chicago Assembly or perhaps a member of the marriage, though his law enforcement mug shot shows him wearing a Local 551 shirt. Besides collecting for the election, union members held a cookout outside the hall.

Ford’utes Chicago plant creates the Ford Taurus and Internet explorer, and the soon-to-be-retired Lincoln MKS.

[Sources: Chi town Tribune, Automotive News]

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