Bullet Pierces Through 7th-Floor South Loop Apartment Window, Awaking Sleeping Couple Inside

Jennifer Keiper
November 18, 2019 - 1:17 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- This weekend brought a rude awakening for a couple as they slept in their South Loop apartment.

Looking at the bedroom window of his seventh-floor South Loop apartment, Nick Schiavo tells CBS 2, "it’s about a baseball sized hole," caused by a bullet that police say was fired by a man who got into a fight at a bar near 10th and South State Street just before 2 a.m. Sunday night and fired a gun right outside the place.

“I was dead asleep,” said Rebecca Schiavo, until her and her husband Nick were both jolted awake. 

"It easily could have been one of us that got hit by it if we were standing in front of the windows,” Rebecca said. “And I heard this really loud crash, and we thought our cat had probably like knocked a glass over or something."

But it was not the cat, instead it was a bullet that had just pierced through their window more than 70 feet above State Street.

“The hole is about here,” Rebecca said as she pointed out the spot near the frame the window. “I mean, that could have been a really close call if we had been standing there."

That bullet was one of several Rebecca Schiavo said she heard when she was in bed. The Schiavos said they heard six or seven shots. 

G. Elente Collins
Chicago police

No injures have been reported. Police caught the shooter and recovered a gun at the scene. 

G. Elente Collins, 25, of Lisle has been charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm and misdemeanor criminal damage to property, police said. 

He is being held on $5,000 bond and his next court date was set for Nov. 25.