Bail was denied Sunday for a convicted felon who allegedly shot a 55-year-old man earlier this month on the West Side and told him to consider himself “lucky” when the gun ran out of ammunition during a subsequent attack.
David N. Ethridge, 38, of Hanover Park, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in the May 14 shooting in the 3700 block of West Chicago, according to Chicago police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
Late that night, Ethridge initially offered to sell the other man drugs but was turned down, Assistant State’s Attorney Andrea Williams said during his initial court hearing. About a half hour later, Ethridge allegedly followed the man into an alley behind a gas station and opened fire, striking him in the thigh.
The man ran off but Ethridge gave chase and fired at least two more shots in his direction “before the gun began to click,” Williams said. When the man fell to the ground, Ethridge allegedly stood over him and unsuccessfully attempted to fire more shots at him.
It’s great that bail was denied.
The question that be asked: “How did a convicted felon get a gun?”