Parolee shot man 13 times after botched ‘purple drank’ sale: Chicago police reports

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a parolee shot another man 13 times after the victim got ripped off during a drug deal on the South Side.

The 31-year-old went to the 800 block of East 87th Street on February 6 to buy “lean,” a mixture of codeine and prescription-grade cough syrup. It’s also known as “purple drank.”

Sitting in a car with the lean dealer, 25-year-old Dashawn Williams, the victim decided against buying the syrup after “inspecting” it, prosecutors said this week. Williams responded by snatching the victim’s gold necklace and bolting into a nearby home, officials said.

The victim and a witness chased Williams to the house, where two people, including parolee Robert Floyd, pushed them back to keep them from entering, according to allegations made in court filings.

Floyd, a two-time convicted gun offender on parole for armed robbery, pulled out a pistol and shot the victim “approximately” 13 times in the torso, chest, legs, and back at close range, prosecutors said.

In a detention petition for Floyd, prosecutors said the victim has survived “thus far,” but he remains in critical condition after undergoing six surgeries.

Robert Floyd (Chicago Police Department)

Chicago police officers and a fugitive apprehension team searched for Floyd for two weeks. Court records say they found him after executing a parole warrant at his home.

The officers said they saw him run up the stairs with a yellow bag, which they later found on the roof of the house next door. The gun used to shoot the victim was inside the bag along with baggies of suspected marijuana, a Chicago police report said.

Prosecutors charged Floyd with attempted murder, unlawful use of a weapon while on parole, and possession of cannabis. 

Williams, who allegedly had a gun, 40 ounces of lean, and ten oxycodone pills in his car when cops arrested him, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and two felony counts of possessing a controlled substance.

Judge David Kelly detained both men, saying he “is particularly concerned for the safety” of the victim and witnesses.

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