A man accused of fatally shooting a limo driver last year in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago accidentally shot himself while fleeing, leaving a trail of blood for detectives to follow, authorities say. Zayin Kelly, 18, now faces charges of murder and armed robbery in the Dec. 3 killing of Mohammed Al Hejoj, who was working for Uber at the time.

After shooting Al Hejoj, Kelly was getting out of Al Hejoj’s Cadillac Escalade when his gun discharged, striking him in the thigh, prosecutors said in February. A private surveillance camera on the block captured one of the four people who ran from the SUV saying “call 911” and “I shot myself,” according to prosecutors. Kelly allegedly dropped the gun near the SUV and left it behind. It matched two shell casings found inside Al Hejoj’s SUV, prosecutors said.

Detectives followed a blood trail to an area near Kelly’s home. Kelly allegedly changed clothes and had a neighbor take him to a hospital. Blood from the sidewalk near the shooting matched Kelly’s DNA taken from a cheek swab.

Al Hejoj had worked as a limo driver in Chicago for more than a decade after immigrating from Jordan to support his family.

Source: Chicago Sun Times

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