Man fired a gun, shooting his own cane, on busy Loop street corner, prosecutors say

Patrick Hall was arrested near the corner of Randolph and Wabash in the Loop. | CPD; Google

Prosecutors say a man fired a gun on a busy downtown Chicago street corner Saturday evening, damaging his walking cane but injuring no one.

Witnesses flagged down a Chicago police officer around 6:55 p.m. and directed them toward a man who was brandishing a gun on the corner of Randolph and Wabash, officials said. The cops approached the man, saw he was pointing a 9-millimeter pistol, and ordered him to drop it. He complied.

Prosecutors said Patrick Hall, 38, told officers that he fired the weapon on the corner near his cane. Police found the cane, which had been shot in the handle.

“Did you say he shot his cane?” Judge David Navarro asked during Hall’s bond hearing Sunday afternoon.

“Yes, your honor. A cane, I believe, a cane to walk,” replied a prosecutor.

Hall has a license to own firearms in the state, but he does not have a concealed carry license, according to prosecutors.

His public defender, Courtney Smallwood, said he is a high school graduate with an associate’s degree in math. She said he has a spinal cord injury.

Prosecutors charged him with unlawful use of a weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Navarro ordered him to post a $1,000 deposit toward bail to get out of jail.

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