Man fired gun to break-up brawl that left victim stabbed in Loop, prosecutors say

Edwin Solis | CPD

A Chicago man fired a gun into the air to break up a large fight outside a Loop hotel over the weekend that left another man stabbed, prosecutors said Monday.

Police responded to calls of a fight and shots fired around 2:17 a.m. Sunday outside the LondonHouse hotel, 85 East Wacker. Officers found a 36-year-old man with multiple stab wounds to his hip and leg, but nobody was shot, police said.

A security guard reportedly told officers he saw a man wearing a distinctive coat fire a gun into the air and then walk around the corner.

Police allegedly found Edwin Solis, 23, nearby wearing a jacket like the one the guard described. They detained him and then reviewed surveillance video that shows him firing a gun into the air to disperse the fight, prosecutors said.

Investigators found one shell casing outside the hotel. Another casing that police found in Solis’ pocket is the same caliber and has the same manufacturer as the one cops found on the ground, according to prosecutors.

Solis has an Illinois Firearm Owner’s ID card, but he does not have a concealed carry license, prosecutors said. He allegedly admitted to firing the gun during a conversation with police.

Prosecutors charged him with reckless discharge of a firearm. His private attorney, Lawrence X. O’Reilly, said Solis has no criminal record.

Judge David Navarro set bail at $25,000. Solis will need to post a $2,500 deposit bond to get out of jail. Navarro specifically denied O’Reilly’s request to have Solis released on electronic monitoring rather than requiring a cash deposit.

Solis is not accused of being involved in the stabbing.

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