COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man allegedly shot by an armed Devon Avenue shopkeeper when he the tried to hold up the storeowner with a BB gun limped into court Thursday to face charges of armed robbery.
Lawrence Bradley, 25, used a BB gun at the store in the 2900 block of West Devon Avenue Monday night and demanded money, Assistant States Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said. Bradley allegedly fired the gun multiple times and threw it at the shopkeeper, breaking the store owner's nose.
The shopkeeper went for his own stashed weapon and fired back, authorities said. But Bradley allegedly wrested the gun away and hit the businessman with it.
There was a scuffle and shots were fired, injuring the man suspected in the robbery, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman.
Police said Bradley was shot and fled to Indiana. Authorities found him in Hammond Tuesday at Franciscan St. Margaret Hospital after issuing an alert about a man wanted in a robbery who may require medical attention for gunshot wounds.
Bradley, a convicted bank robber, was later charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery by discharging a firearm, authorities said.
On Thursday, Cook County Judge Israel Desierto set Bradley's bail at $400,000.
Police did not immediately have information about where Bradley was shot but said he was treated for multiple gunshot wounds.
While no wounds were visible on Bradley when he appeared in court Thursday, he limped out of the lockup, favoring his left leg, to face the judge.
A man who identified himself as Robert Gabriel outside the closed shop Tuesday said that it was his cousin, Sargon Zaia, who owns the store, i-Shakk, who was hurt in the scuffle.
He said Zaia suffered cuts to his head and was recovering at his suburban home.