Employee at community-focused gas station shot man in dispute over electrical outlet: officials

CHICAGO — When The Roux service station debuted in West Englewood last September, it was hailed as a “gas station with purpose” offering gas pumps, a convenience store, and a literacy center for children.

But if new allegations are true, a cashier at the gas station went off-message over the weekend when he shot a man during a dispute that started because the alleged victim was using the store’s electrical outlet to charge a phone.

Judge Susana Ortiz rejected a state request to hold the clerk, Daniel Abadi, 47, without bond on Monday. Instead, she ordered him to pay a $1,000 bail deposit to go home.

Chicago police responded to a ShotSpotter alert around 1:35 a.m. Sunday and found a 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his leg at The Roux, 7051 South Western Avenue, according to a CPD report.

The report said the victim was charging his phone with an outlet outside the building when Abadi told him he wasn’t allowed to use the outlet and ordered him to leave.

Daniel Abadi and The Roux service station | Cook County sheriff’s office; Google

An argument broke out. Police said the victim told them that Abadi pushed him and shot him in the leg. But Abadi told police that the other man pushed him first, so he shot the man in the leg, the CPD report said.

The injured man was taken to Christ Hospital in good condition.

Abadi is charged with aggravated battery by discharging a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Court records indicate he has no criminal background in Cook County.