Police officers arrested an armed man after prosecutors say he fired shots in front of two busy bars that were packed with over 200 people in Waukegan.
Alexis Salgado, 29, of Round Lake, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a firearm, driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a crash and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
The Waukegan Police Department responded to a call of a man with a gun walking down Washington Street around 1:15 a.m. on November 23.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Dino Katris said a 911 caller reported a male Hispanic was armed with a black handgun.
A second 911 caller reported hearing gunshots in the area, Katris said. A third 911 caller reported a BMW hit another car in the same area.
Officers identified Salgado as the driver of the BMW and stopped him.
He was highly intoxicated and they ordered him out of the car before locating a Baretta 9mm handgun in the driver’s side of the car, Katris said.
Katris said a magazine was inserted but empty. Officers noted the gun appeared to have just been fired as there was a shell casing lodged in the barrel.
Salgado admitted that the gun belonged to him and officers found ammunition in the car and on Salgado’s person.
Shell casings were located 5-10 feet away from Salgado’s vehicle on Washington Street near a parking lot, Katris said.
The spent shell casings matched the rounds found on Salgado.
Salgado said he remembered going to his car and grabbing the gun but did not remember shooting it, Katris said.
Katris said the shooting occurred in a busy strip mall with restaurants and bars.
The shooting occurred next to two bars, which had approximately 200-300 people present because it was the night before Thanksgiving, Katris added.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak granted a petition to detain Salgado in the Lake County Jail.
During a subsequent detention hearing last week, a judge released Salgado from custody pending trial.
Salgado is scheduled to appear in court again on January 30 for a case management conference.