Man charged with firing handgun outside River North club on Halloween night

Sam Jimenez Jr. | CPD

Charges have been filed against a Little Italy resident who pistol-whipped a man and fired several shots during a fight outside a River North nightclub early Thursday, according to police and a witness who lives nearby.

Sam Jimenez Jr. approached a group of people outside of the club in the 300 block of West Huron around 3:45 a.m. and displayed a handgun, police said. He struck one of the victims in the face with the gun and a fight broke out, according to police.

After Jimenez fired several shots during the fight, one of the victims overpowered him and took away his handgun, police said. No one was struck by the gunfire. Jimenez ran from the scene but was later arrested in the 400 block of West Erie.

Prosecutors charged Jimenez with felony aggravated discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle. Judge Sophia Atcherson ordered him held without bail.
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