LP Man Charged After Shooting “Into The Water” At Diversey Harbor; 72 Bullet Casings Recovered, Cops Say

Karczynski said he was firing his gun “into the water” at Diversey Harbor, police say. | Google; Chicago Police

A Lincoln Park man is faces weapons and trespassing charges after he admitted to firing a gun at Diversey Harbor early Friday, police said.

Officers who responded to a call of shots fired in the 3000 block of North Sheridan Road around 3:40 a.m. saw Michael Karczynski running from the area, according to court records.

42-year-old Karczynski immediately told approaching officers that he had a gun on his left hip and he admitted to shooting the gun “into the water” at Diversey Harbor, police said.

A Ruger Vaquero .357 Magnum | Ruger

A search of Karczynski yielded a Ruger Vaquero .357 Magnum revolver, 72 spent shell casings, and 10 live rounds, police said.

The Ruger website advertises their Vaquero model as offering “original Old West single-action look, size, and feel.”

Karczynski, who lives in Lincoln Park, has a valid state Firearm Owners Identification Card but not a Concealed Carry License, according to prosecutors. He told police that he is an unarmed security officer for the School of the Art Institute.

Prosecutors charged him with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and being on park grounds after hours.

Lincoln Square Man Faces Machine Gun Charges

Bulatovic | Chicago Police Dept

Meanwhile, officers who responded to a person with a gun call in Lincoln Square say they recovered a sawed-off shotgun and “an AK-47 style rifle” from an apartment in the 5200 block of North Rockwell.

A 28-year-old woman told police that a neighbor who had previously choked her, threatened to kill her, and threw rocks through her car window had once again threatened to shoot her on Thursday.

“Due to the urgency of the situation,” police forced their way into Vuksan Bulatovic’s condo where they found him sitting on his bed with a sawed-off shotgun sticking out from under the mattress, police said.  A Norinco Type 56 rifle, which is a Chinese knock-off of the famed Soviet AK-47, was also recovered, according to court filings.

A Norinco Type 56 Rifle | Wikipedia

Police said they also recovered a handgun, three rifles, four shotgun rounds, and 10 rounds of .45 caliber hollow point ammunition.

Bulatovic is charged with unlawful use of a machine gun, unlawful use of a shotgun with a barrel shorter than 18-inches, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and criminal damage to property.

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