Uptown: Man charged with having gun near “shots fired” incident

A Rogers Park man has been charged with illegally possessing a handgun near the scene of a “shots fired” incident in Uptown last Thursday night.

Spraggins | CPD

Just after 10 p.m., police responded to calls of shots being fired near the 4400 block of North Racine. Arriving officers said they saw a man run from the scene and get into a black car that sped away eastbound with its hazard lights on.

Cops stopped a vehicle matching that description in the 4400 block of North Sheridan after it ran stop signs, according to a police report.

Prosecutors said Justin Spraggins, 22, of the 1700 block of West Albion was in the passenger seat of the vehicle. Police found a fully-loaded handgun in his possession during a pat-down search, they said in a report.

Spraggins was charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Judge David Navarro set bail at $5,000, which allowed him to go free by posting a $500 bond.

Police issued traffic citations to the woman who was driving the car that Spraggins was in.

The gunshots that preceded Spraggins’ arrest were the second round of gunfire in the neighborhood within the span of a few hours. Around 5:15 p.m., a man opened fire on a passing vehicle from outside a firehouse in the 1200 block of West Wilson, police said.

Officers recovered a .45 caliber handgun that had been ditched in a nearby bush, but no arrest was made.

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