River North: Man faces gun charge after shooting himself in the leg, cops say

A South Shore man’s Friday evening went from bad to worse after he shot himself in the leg while sitting in a car in River North. Before the night was through, prosecutors slapped him with a felony weapons charge. Then, they charged him with reckless conduct causing bodily harm — to himself.

Police said 20-year-old Malcom Ryce sustained an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg as he sat in the car on the 800 block of North Cambridge around 8:10 p.m.

Officers recovered a handgun at the scene and an ambulance crew transported Ryce to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Ryce does not have a Firearm Owner’s ID card or a concealed carry license, police said.

Prosecutors charged Ryce with felony unlawful possession of a handgun and misdemeanor reckless conduct that causes bodily harm.

Police do not have a mugshot available for Ryce because he did not enter their lockup before being released him on bond.

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