Denzel A. Mickiel was in for a surprise this 4th of July when he and two accomplices decided to open fire on a group of four leaving a party in the West Pullman neighborhood of Chicago. After leaving the party for their car, one of the women in the group noticed that a cup of liquor was placed on top of her car and asked other party goers whose it was. When she removed the cup that’s when Mickiel approached the group cussing at her and threatening the lives of her and her other three friends, one of which was a military veteran. According to State’s Attorney Mary Hain:
Mickiel, 22, went into the residence, returned with a gun and began firing at the group, she said.
As Mickiel fired at the victims’ vehicle, the military member retrieved his gun and took cover near the vehicle’s front fender, according to Hain. Two unidentified people also shot at the group, she said.
The military service member fired two shots and struck Mickiel twice, she said.
A 22-year-old woman in the group was injured by Mickiel in the shooting, suffering wounds to the arm and back, according to court records and Hain.
The four victims escaped the melee in two vehicles as two unidentified people continued to shoot at them, Hain said.
Mickiel was identified as the gunman by witnesses, she said.
The group of four was then able to get away from Mickiel’s accomplices.
Had the incident occurred before July 9th of last year, the veteran would not have been legally allowed to carry his weapon. That’s when the Illinois legislature passed a conceal and carry law for the state of Illinois.
Mickiel is currently in critical condition and being held on $950,000 bond for attempted murder.