Red Line customer disarmed, pinned hostile pot dealer: prosecutors

CHICAGO — It’s been a rough week for pot dealers on the Red Line. Over the weekend, a passenger on the train line was shot while struggling for control of a firearm after a pot sale went sideways, officials said.

Now prosecutors say a different pot dealer pulled a gun on a man who refused to buy pot from him at the Morse Red Line and ended up being disarmed and pinned by the victim.

It started around 6 p.m. Saturday when Damilola Shonola walked up to a man and offered to sell him some weed at the Morse station in Rogers Park, prosecutors said. The victim told Shonola that he didn’t want to be bothered.

That, prosecutors say, is when Shonola pulled out a gun.

The would-be customer grappled with Shonola, gained control of his firearm, and pinned him to the ground.

Chicago police responded to the CTA station for a call of people fighting, including one armed with a gun. They found the victim on top of Shonola and a firearm equipped with an extended ammunition magazine lying nearby.

Shonola has a revoked Firearm Owner’s ID card, meaning he is not eligible to own firearms in the state, prosecutors said. He was on bail for a pending gun case and a stolen motor vehicle charge at the time of the incident.

Now, he’s facing more charges: aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, theft of lost or mislaid property, possession of a controlled substance, and possessing ammunition.

Judge David Kelly held him without bail for violating bond in the pending cases. Shonola will need to post a $3,500 bail deposit to go home on electronic monitoring in the new matter, Kelly said.

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