Parolee charged with firing gun into River North hotel hallway

Kemani Hoskins | CPD

A man who’s on parole for home invasion is now charged with firing a gun into a River North hotel hallway Friday morning.

Prosecutors charged Kemani Hoskins, age 29, with felony armed habitual criminal and felony reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with the incident at the Godfrey Hotel, 127 West Huron.

During a bond hearing on Sunday, prosecutors said Hoskins and a friend rented two rooms on the hotel’s seventh floor to have sex with multiple women and do drugs, including ecstasy.

Police initially responded to reports of an assault in progress at the hotel around 10 a.m.. When officers arrived, they encountered several people running from the building who said there was a shooter on the seventh floor, according to a CPD spokesperson.

Officers went to the floor and found multiple bullet holes in the hallway and two shell casings lying outside room 702, which was allegedly rented to Hoskins.

Cops said they also saw women running between two rooms on the floor and Hoskins walking down the hall with a bag that contained a handgun.

Prosecutors said Hoskins told police he had been inside room 702 when he heard someone drilling on the door. He retrieved a gun and began shooting through the door into the hallway to stop the drilling, according to allegations made in court Sunday.

Officers also found several IDs and a “large amounts of drugs” in his room, according to Chicago police.

Hoskins was paroled in October 2018 after serving part of a 10-year sentence he received for home invasion with a dangerous weapon, according to state records. He was also serving a concurrent 10-year term for armed robbery. and another concurrent 3-year sentence for aggravated battery of a peace officer.

He previously served time for narcotics distribution and aggravated robbery, records show.

Judge Charles Beach set bail for Hoskins at $50,000 and ordered him to go onto electronic monitoring if he can post a 10% deposit bond. Beach also ordered Hoskins held without bail on a warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections, which is considering revocation of his parole.

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