Charges filed in Loop “shots fired” incident

Angel Martinez | Chicago Police Department

An 18-year-old man and a juvenile girl have been charged in connection with a shooting incident that sent a bullet through a Loop restaurant window on Monday evening.

No one was injured when a single shot was fired during an argument on the 100 block of East Jackson around 5:35 p.m., police said. The discharged round flew through a plate glass window at Corner Bakery, 224 South Michigan.

Angel Martinez and a 17-year-old girl were detained nearby a short time later.

Martinez is charged with felony aggravated discharge of a firearm and felony unlawful use of a weapon. He was also served with two outstanding warrants, police said.

The girl, charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, was in juvenile court on Tuesday. No further information is available about her case because it is shielded by law.

Witnesses told police that a Hispanic man, allegedly Martinez, was fighting with another man near Jackson and Michigan. Passers-by tried to break up the fight, but wound up taking cover after the shot was fired, a witness said.

A second witness who saw the incident unfold told CWBChicago, “As they were fighting they moved into the middle of Jackson Street. A guy called out, ‘I think that guy has a gun!’”

That’s when the other participant in the fight broke away and started running.

“The Hispanic guy took the gun out of his fanny pack, took a ‘combat stance’ and fired one round,” the witness said.

Police on the scene later said they recovered the handgun from the girl.

Martinez is due in bond court this afternoon.