AURORA, IL – A suburban Chicago man and youth were charged in connection with violent carjacking that left a mother of two paralyzed children, Aurora authorities said Thursday.
Kimberly Weibring was eating in her car parked outside a fast food restaurant on Jan. 16 when at least two people tried to steal her SUV. The couple pulled Weibring out of their vehicle, shot her in the back, and drove away in their vehicle. She was left in the parking lot with a broken vertebra and a bullet in her spinal cord, officials said.
“This mother, who went about her own business in her car, represents all of us who move around the world every day without causing harm to anyone and have been victims of violent crime in no time,” said Aurora police chief Kristen Ziman .
Edward James McGee, 26, of Harvey, and a 16-year-old boy were charged on two counts of heavy battery with a gun, aggravated vehicle hijacking, armed violence and possession of a stolen vehicle.
McGee is being held in Kane County Jail on bail for $ 500,000. The boy, who was 15 at the time of the carjacking, was not named because he was charged as a teenager. The Kane County Prosecutor’s Office has petitioned the court to indict him as an adult, according to Aurora Police.
A third suspect died in an unrelated incident and a fourth carjacking suspect remains at large, officials said.
The woman’s vehicle was used for a carjacking in Lansing shortly after the photo was taken in Aurora. Her vehicle was recovered in Harvey on January 20th with multiple bullet holes inside and outside the vehicle.