A Logan Square store owner with a concealed carry license fired shots at hammer-wielding looters who confronted him in his shop early Monday, prosecutors said. The businessman even managed to detain one of the alleged intruders for police.
The owner of the shop decided to stay in an apartment above his store on the 2700 block of North Western this weekend to watch out for looters. Around 4:20 a.m. Monday, his fears materialized.
Awakened by the sounds of breaking glass, he grabbed his handgun and rushed to the store downstairs with another person. There, he saw a group of men wielding hammers. He told them to stop, but they started surging toward him instead, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said in court Monday evening.
The shop owner told police he fired his gun to make the men back away, but he didn’t know how many shots were fired. Most of the men ran from the store, but the owner managed to grab and handcuff one of them, Murphy said.
That man, 22-year-old David Sloan, is charged with felony burglary.
Murphy said Sloan is on parole for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Judge John Lyke set bail for Sloan at $75,000 and ordered him to go onto electronic monitoring if he can post a 10% deposit bond. But Sloan won’t be eligible to post bail until the Illinois Department of Corrections decides if his parole will be revoked.
None of the alleged intruders is believed to have been shot. About $800 worth of merchandise was taken, according to Murphy.