Chicago, Illinois

From the Chicago Tribune of October 18, 2007

No charges for man who shot drunk U. of C. student

A man who shot a threatening University of Chicago student in the chest Wednesday night acted in self defense and will not be charged, authorities said today.

The student, who was reported to be in critical condition, threatened to hit a fellow apartment-building dweller with a vodka bottle and kicked in the door of the man’s Hyde Park apartment, police said.

The incident began about 7:30 p.m. as the student and shooter were riding together in an elevator of their apartment building in the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue, Chicago Police Officer Laura Kubiak said.

The 24-year-old student, who was drunk and carrying a vodka bottle, followed the man out of the elevator and down the hall, threatening to “hit him in the head with the bottle,” Kubiak said. As the man entered his apartment, the student kicked the door and pushed it open, continuing to yell threats, she said.

The apartment’s resident retrieved a handgun and shot the student once in the chest as he entered the apartment, Kubiak said.

The student was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was in critical condition as of Wednesday night, Kubiak said. An update on his condition was not available this morning.

Detectives questioned the gunman, who was released without charges after prosecutors decided he had acted in self-defense, according to Kubiak.


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