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2 accused of shooting store clerk after leaving door open in cold

  • Joseph Butler and Donisha Husband, CPD handout.
Joseph Butler and Donisha Husband, CPD handout.
December 11, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Two people were arrested Monday evening and accused of shooting a South Shore dollar store employee after he asked them not to hold open the shop door in the cold, county prosecutors said.

Joseph Butler, 23, of the 1800 block of West Marquette Road, allegedly entered a dollar store on Dec. 2 with Donisha Husband, 29, of the 7700 block of South Constance Avenue, and held the door open too long, prosecutors said. When a 24-year-old store employee at the shop in the 2600 block of East 79th Street asked Butler to close the door, he allegedly asked Husband to hand him a revolver.

The store employee was shot multiple times, prosecutors said, and was brought to  Northwestern Memoral Hospital to be treated for his injuries. Butler and Husband were not arrested until a week later, according to court records, when police saw them climb into a car near Husband's home, carrying a revolver.

The police report said police saw the revolver when Butler placed it on the car floor and then exited the car to scrape snow off a window. When Butler and Husband were arrested, police found over $950 worth of heroin and crack cocaine in plastic baggies, in their pockets and in the car.

After being arrested, Butler told police the revolver, "It's mine, not my girl's," according to the report. Prosecutors said Husband was arrested while out of jail on bond for an unrelated narcotics crime.

Both were brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Wednesday afternoon. Butler was ordered held on $900,000 bond, and Husband was ordered held on $75,000 bond in the shooting, but she was ordered held without bail because she had been free in a felony drug case from earlier this year, according to court records.

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