South Loop shooting stemmed from neighbors’ dispute over stolen car allegations, prosecutors say

Prosecutors say a man shot another resident of a South Loop high-rise Monday afternoon when the victim confronted him in a hallway and accused him of stealing his car. Accused gunman Adam Davis, 20, looked a bit the worse for the wear in his mugshot, too, sporting a pair of black eyes and other injuries that he allegedly suffered in a struggle for control of the firearm with the victim and the victim’s brother.

Adam Davis | CPD

According to the allegations, a 52-year-old man and his 44-year-old brother crossed paths with Davis in the rear doorway to the building on the 1200 block of South Michigan around 2:56 p.m.

The older man believed Davis previously stole his car and he asked Davis about it during their encounter Monday, Assistant State’s Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis said. As the man walked toward Davis in the building’s entry hall, Davis allegedly reached toward his waistband to retrieve a gun.

The 52-year-old hit Davis in self-defense as Davis moved backward with the gun in his hand, Kalliantasis continued. They struggled for the gun and a shot rang out, which drew the attention of the 44-year-old who was still outside the building.

He joined the brawl and eventually disarmed, Davis, Kalliantasis said. But the fight continued. Police arrived within a couple of minutes and took Davis into custody.

Kalliantasis said Davis received a graze wound to his leg. The older victim suffered a gunshot wound to his leg, and his brother broke a thumb and a toe during the fight.

Surveillance cameras captured portions of the incident.

Davis has no criminal background. While Kalliantasis said Davis lives in the South Loop building, an assistant public defender said Davis lives in Indiana. CPD also listed an Indiana address for Davis.

He is charged with felony aggravated battery by discharging a firearm and two counts of misdemeanor aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The defense attorney argued that Davis was “never the aggressor” and said he has a 7-month-old child.

Dawkins set bail at $10,000. Davis must post 10% of that to go home on electronic monitoring under her order.

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