Would-be rapper arrested for illegal gun possession while shooting music video

May 13, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A man who said he was shooting a rap video in Chicago on Sunday morning was arrested for unlawful weapons possession after police officers saw him waving an unloaded shotgun at his companions.

Kendall Dushaun Cruse, 21, of Calumet City, Ill., told police officers he was a rapper, according to the police report, and he said he was using the gun as a prop in a music video he and several companions were filming that morning in the 6800 block of South Parnell Avenue in Englewood.

Police officers said they observed Cruse and others dancing while holding the shotgun, which alarmed passersby. The police report said Cruse was also storing 25 rounds of shotgun shells in his car, parked beside him. He allegedly told officers he had the ammunition on hand, "because he liked to have it around."

Cruse was charged with aggravated, unlawful use of a weapon when he appeared at Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Monday afternoon, and was held on $50,000 bail.

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