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Man tried to bring loaded gun to Navy Pier fireworks: Prosecutors

July 05, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Fireworks do not sound like gunshots; but that doesn't mean you didn't hear any last night during the city's various Fourth of July celebrations. One man was arrested for trying to bring a loaded gun to the Navy Pier show, and another was arrested for firing a bullet into the air outside his Chicago Lawn home.

Ryan Gaven, 22, of the 6100 block of South Bishop Street, was arrested at a bag check point police officers had set up Thursday evening on McClurg Court Near Navy Pier on charges of unlawful weapons posession.

Police officers asked him if he had any contraband in his backpack when he approached them just before 5 p.m., and he responded "I have a weapon in my bag," according to court records. Officers searched his bag and found a semi-automatic pistol with 11 live rounds, one of which was loaded into the gun chamber.

When asked what he was doing with a loaded gun, Gaven allegedly told officers, "You never know what could happen down here."

Gaven, who is employed as a security guard but does not have privileges to carry a weapon, according to court records, appeared at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Friday afternoon and was held on $25,000 bond.

Kenneth Davis, 52, was arrested for shooting a bullet into the air from a shotgun on his porch, just after midnight. When Davis, a city emergency medical technician, was arrested on a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm, he allgedly told police officers, "That was me shooting, and I know that was stupid."

Davis was also held on $25,000 bond.

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