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Grayslake man charged with firing shots at Firehouse Pub in Gages Lake

Joe Torres, 23, of Grayslake.

A man pulled a gun outside of a Gages Lake restaurant before walking across the street to a bar and firing two shots early Saturday morning, police said.

Joe Torres, 23, of the 33000 block of Sears Boulevard in Grayslake, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, reckless discharge of a firearm, disorderly conduct, unlawful possession of ammunition and two counts of resisting a peace officer.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 12:03 a.m. Saturday to the 18400 block of Old Gages Lake Road in Gages Lake for a report of a shooting.

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Francis Foy said that deputies arrived and were told by witnesses that a man had displayed a firearm outside of Jesse Oaks Food and Drink.

The suspect then walked to the Firehouse Pub across the street and the witnesses heard two gunshots fired. No one was injured.

A description of the subject and firearm was given to deputies, who began searching for the suspect.

Deputies located a man, later identified as Torres, matching the description on the back deck of the Firehouse Pub.

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Torres ran through the Firehouse Pub, exited the front door, and continued running away from the deputies, Foy said.

While running away from the deputies, the man fell and sustained a minor cut. The man was detained by the deputies a short distance away.

A magazine with ammunition was located on Torres and a canine team from the Gurnee Police Department was called to conduct a search for the gun.

A 9mm handgun was located by Gurnee Police Canine Bear where Torres fell, Foy said. Police did not say what the motive was for the shooting.

Torres was interviewed by members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charges against him.

He appeared in bond court and was remanded into the custody of the Lake County jail on a $15,000 bond. If he posts bail, he will not be allowed to return to Jesse Oaks or the Firehouse Pub.


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