Man charged with Wednesday shooting in South Loop

Cheyenne Rodriguez | CPD

A 28-year-old South Shore man has been charged in connection with Wednesday afternoon’s shooting in the South Loop, police said.

Cheyenne Rodriguez was identified as the person who fired a handgun at the victim during an altercation on the 1100 block of South Clinton at 1:26 p.m., according to CPD.

Cops arrested Rodriguez in a nearby parking garage. He’s charged with felony aggravated battery with a firearm.

Police said the victim, who was initially uncooperative with investigators, is a man who’s about 40-years-old. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his back and stomach, according to a police statement.

The victim “could have been perceived as the initial aggressor,” Judge David Navarro said while summarizing the case, “but there’s no weapon that the victim had.”

Even though the victim “may have mental health issues… an individual who otherwise would not have been shot was shot” because Rodriguez had a firearm illegally, Navarro said.

Navarro then set bail at $25,000, allowing Rodriguez to go home by posting a $2,500 deposit bond.

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