A convicted felon was ordered held on a $350,000 bond after prosecutors say he randomly fired multiple shots after getting out of a vehicle in Zion.
Epstein D. Scott, 47, of Zion, was charged with two counts of felon in possession or use of a firearm and four counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon enhanced.
A witness called 911 on February 25, 2022, to report a gunman who fired shots near Route 173 and Midday Drive in Zion.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelse Banks said the witness observed Scott exit a vehicle in the middle of the roadway.
Scott fired multiple shots into the air from a handgun, Banks said.
The witness followed the car and took a photo of it. The witness called 911 and met officers at the Walmart nearby.
Officers recovered two 9mm spent casings near the location of the incident, Banks said.
A video captured Scott in the suspect vehicle, Banks said.
Scott is a convicted felon and does not have a Firearm Owners Identification card.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak initially set bond an arrest warrant at $200,000. The warrant was obtained in March 2022.
During a bond hearing following Scott’s arrest late last month, Potkonjak increased the bond to $350,000 after noting 11 pages of Scott’s criminal history.
Court records show Scott was also wanted on a warrant for criminal trespass to residence in Winthrop Harbor for an incident on March 4, 2022.
Scott remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $35,000 cash in order to be released.