An Oak Lawn man swerved his car toward an acquaintance on the Boystown bar strip, then did a U-turn and shot the man as he stood outside a popular nightclub early on June 13, prosecutors said Monday. Anthony Lampkins, 33, was ordered held without bail by Judge Maryam Ahmad on a charge of aggravated battery by discharging a firearm.
Prosecutors said a 27-year-old man was visiting Halsted Street nightclubs with friends when he saw three people that he recognized, including Lampkins.
An argument broke out as the group left a club around 1:10 a.m. and Lampkins stepped away to retrieve his car, according to the allegations. Meanwhile, the rest of the group walked across the street.
As Lampkins pulled up to them, he jerked the steering wheel toward the victim, but a witness pulled the man out of the car’s path, prosecutor Steven Haamid said. Two other members of the group entered Lampkins’ car, which headed south on Halsted Street.
But, Haamid said, Lampkins pulled a U-turn about a block later and returned to where the victim and a witness were walking.
He rolled down his window to call the victim a “p*ssy b*tch” and then fired one round at the victim, which passed through the man’s left leg and lodged in his right leg, according to Haamid. The victim’s right femur broke.
Haamid said CPD surveillance footage showed Lampkins’ car in the area and making a U-turn. The footage also shows people scrambling when the victim was shot, but the police video did not record the actual shooting, he said.
The victim and a witness identified Lampkins in photo line-ups last Tuesday. Police arrested him on Sunday.
Lampkins’ private defense attorney said he has no criminal convictions and works as an interstate trucker. He also told Judge Ahmad that Lampkins holds a valid license to own firearms in Illinois. The attorney argued strongly against the state’s motion to have Lampkins held without bail.
“Mr. Lampkins is an intelligent man,” Ahmad said. “He shouldn’t be here now. But he is.”
“I don’t know why this happened,” she conceded. But, she said, the allegations made her concerned that it could happen again.
She then granted the state’s no-bail request.
Lampkins is due in court again on July 8.