DeKALB – A DeKalb man is facing multiple felony charges after police arrested him in connection to reports of gunfire on Ridge Drive early Tuesday morning after an investigation at his apartment where they found spent shell casings and a loaded gun.
In a news release late Tuesday, DeKalb Acting Police Chief Bob Redel announced police had made an arrested in the incident, which police believe was aimed at an unoccupied car.
Maurice Shaw, 44, of DeKalb is charged with armed habitual criminal, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition without a firearm owners identification card and unlawful possession of a gun without a FOID card.
If convicted of the most serious offense, being an armed habitual criminal, Shaw faces up to 30 years in jail.
According to the news release, DeKalb police responded to reports of gunshots about 4:35 a.m. in the 900 block of Ridge Drive, and upon arrival, discovered bullet fragments and broken glass around the area.
Police used security camera footage from around the area and identified a suspect vehicle and person of interest, later identified as Shaw. During the investigation, police found the car from the camera footage in the 1100 block of Varsity Boulevard.
During a search of the car, police discovered one used shell casing and broken glass inside the car. Police also obtained a warrant to search Shaw’s apartment in the area, and during the search found additional shell casings, ammunition and a loaded gun.
There was no reported damage to the other car, which police believe was the target of the gunfire, and no reported injuries during the incident.
Shaw was arrested Tuesday and taken to the DeKalb County Jail. During a bond hearing Tuesday, DeKalb County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Montgomery continued Shaw’s case until Thursday, at which time Circuit Court Judge Robbin Stuckert is expected to rule on a petition by the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office to deny bail.
According to the release, Shaw’s arrest was the second arrest made by DeKalb police Tuesday related to gunfire. Juan Franco, 27, of Sycamore was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and violation of a firearm concealed carry act after police said he fired a gun into the air in the Burritoville parking lot.