DeKalb Police arrest man for discharging handgun

By R. Scott Lohman

DeKalb Police have determined that shots fired at an apartment building on Greenbrier Road, a fight at the Office of Campus Recreation and a weapon displayed near Grant Towers South on Monday resulted from an ongoing dispute between about 12 people.

At the apartment building, Lamar V. Winston, 22, of 930 Greenbrier Road, Apt. 3, was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of aggravated discharge of a fire arm. Winston apparently fired at least five shots with a .32 caliber automatic handgun. The shots were fired both inside and outside the apartment complex where he resides.

As of this report, one unconfirmed injury of a shot in the hand was reported to DeKalb Police. Police, however, checked local hospitals and clinics and found no injured parties. Also, DeKalb Fire Department records do not indicate any injuries at the apartment complex, the OCR or Grant Towers South.

DeKalb Police Lt. Chuck Kross said the fight, the display of a weapon and the shooting definitely are related. About 12 people were involved in the fights and the shooting, he said.

These suspects have been part of an ongoing dispute between two groups of people for the last two weeks. The tension finally erupted in something of significance Monday, he said.

In Monday’s Police Beat, The Northern Star reported that Reginald Hammond, 20; Gordie A. Wright, 19; Jermaine E. Cox, 19; Lionnell Scott, 19; and Anthony Johnson, 18, all from Chicago, were arrested Saturday and charged with unlawful use of a weapon. A pistol was found in their car.

Kross said these suspects are some of the same people who have been involved in recent fights and the shooting. Some of the suspects are NIU and Kishwaukee Community College students. Winston might be or might have been a KCC student, he said.

Kross was unsure whether Winston, originally from Chicago, has any gang ties.

The fight at the OCR took place at about 8 p.m. Monday after a basketball game there. Two individuals apparently were beat up by several men, University Police said. There were no reported injuries.

At about the same time, two jackets were reported stolen from the wall north of the OCR basketball courts. The UPs said there is some probability that the thefts are related to the fight.

A complainant said a chase ensued after the fight. At that time, two males were seen in a blue Chevrolet Caprice with tinted windows. A gun was pointed by a person in the car at a bystander near GTS. There were no shots fired at that time.

Kross said he believes some of the individuals involved went to Winston’s apartment to talk about the matter, and Winston apparently got excited and shot at people in a hall of the apartment complex. Some shots also were made outside the apartment complex.

Kross said Winston was shooting at other people and two complaints were signed against him.

At 11:09 p.m. Monday, DeKalb Police responded to the shooting. The UPs and DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department also were present at the scene of the incident.

After Winston was arrested, he was taken to DeKalb County Jail where he will remain in custody until 10 percent of his $200,000 bond is posted. He has been charged with the Class I felony of aggravated discharge of a firearm, which is punishable by four to 15 years in prison.