Police confirmed that shots were fired near the S-curve on Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville early Thursday, and they allegedly found a man with a gun in a vehicle nearby. But he is not accused of firing any rounds. No injuries were reported.
Several officers stationed along the Magnificent Mile and in Streeterville heard about five shots fired near the lakefront around 2:07 a.m., according to CPD radio transmissions. One officer said he saw a gray or silver pickup truck speeding from the area and suggested it may have been involved in the gunfire.
Cops found a shell casing in the street near Lake Shore Drive and Walton Street, and some witnesses reported that two cars were involved.
Meanwhile, officers pulled over a vehicle near Lake Shore Drive and Chicago Avenue that allegedly matched the description of one involved in the incident.
Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Burkhardt said officers asked its driver, 36-year-old Avion Floyd, to step out of the driver’s seat. When he did, cops saw a handgun sticking out of the center console, Burkhardt said.
Police secured the gun, which had a loaded extended magazine, and took Floyd into custody, according to Burkhardt. Floyd’s front seat passenger was not charged.
Judge Barbara Dawkins set bail at $2,000 on one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Floyd must post 10% of that amount to get out of jail. He only has one misdemeanor conviction in his past, Burkhardt said.