7 years for man who shot at Chicago police station because he was angry about Adam Toledo’s death

CHICAGO — The man who fired shots at a Chicago police station two years ago because he was angry about the fatal police shooting of Adam Toledo has been handed a seven-year prison sentence.

Lanny Cantway, 20, pleaded guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm into an occupied building before Judge Aleksandra Gillespie. She ordered him to serve 85% of his sentence, giving him an anticipated parole date of May 31, 2028.

On April 18, 2021, three days after the city released videos of Toledo’s death, Cantway fired a gun at the Rogers Park (24th) District station, 6464 North Clark, as he rode in the back seat of a passing car, officials said.

Cantway fired about seven rounds at the building as three other people rode with him in the car and a bystander watched from a nearby bus stop, prosecutors alleged.

Bullets struck the stationhouse wall, but no one was injured.

Cameras on CTA buses captured images of the gunman’s car, and police used that information to reconstruct the vehicle’s movements. Police also released a surveillance image of the car as they tried to drum up leads.

Lanny Cantway and the vehicle police said the gunman fired from. | Chicago Police Department

As investigators painstakingly assembled footage of the car’s travels, they discovered surveillance video from a carwash near the police station that showed Cantway get out of the vehicle and wait for it to be cleaned. Cantway’s large neck tattoo was visible on the video footage, and Chicago cops recognized two of the vehicle’s other occupants.

The vehicle left the carwash about three minutes before Cantway fired shots at the police station, officials said. All three of the people traveling with Cantway pegged him as the shooter, and two of them said he did it because he was upset after seeing a video of the officer shooting Toledo, prosecutors alleged

Cantway initially blamed a fifth person for the shooting, but he later admitted to firing at the CPD station, police said.

He had no criminal background at the time of the incident, his public defender said last year. He has a three-year-old child.

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