‘Look what you made me do!’ Chicago man shot senior citizen in rent dispute, prosecutors say

Cornelius Gary (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A 35-year-old man with no criminal history allegedly shot another man in a rent dispute, then remarked, “Look what you made me do!”

Cornelius Gary and the 61-year-old victim, who lived in the same building in the 300 block of West Marquette, got into a heated argument about rent payments around 9:49 p.m. on January 27, prosecutors said.

As the disagreement escalated, Gary pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the man, leaving him with six gunshot wounds, officials said. The victim’s injuries include a fractured hip, bullet wounds to both thighs and a “flesh wound to the scrotum,” prosecutors said in a detention petition.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired after a neighbor heard gunfire in the building. Gary was standing outside when they arrived, and the victim was seated at the top of the staircase.

“The guy with the bald head outside shot me,” said the victim to the arriving officers. The cops detained Gary and applied a tourniquet to slow the victim’s blood loss. CPD said the victim was initially listed in critical condition.

Prosecutors charged Gary with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery by discharging a firearm. Judge William Fahy granted the state’s detention petition.

Gary has no criminal history in Illinois records.

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