April 18, 2014









Cab Driver Charged With Shooting

( 4UMF NEWS ) Cab Driver Charged With Shooting:

Following a tussle between cabdrivers over a position in the line to lease taxis for the night, one driver pulled a 9mm pistol and shot two of his co-workers, prosecutors said.

Frederick Bailey, 63, fired a round through one man’s arm and hit another man in the back Friday night at Chicago Carriage Cab Company in the Bronzeville neighborhood, authorities said. Prosecutors said he told police he dumped the gun in Lake Michigan after the shooting and then turned himself in.

Told on Sunday by Bailey’s court-appointed lawyer that the defendant had voluntarily surrendered, Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. answered “Yeah, so what?” and set his bond at $450,000.

Outside court, Preze Bailey said he couldn’t believe his brother would have pulled the gun except in self-defense or under extreme provocation. Frederick Bailey carried the 9mm because he often felt threatened while driving his cab, and he was once robbed by a passenger, his brother said.

“He had to have something on him out in those streets to protect himself,” Preze Bailey said.

Bailey was queued up to lease a cab about 8:30 p.m. Friday when another driver, a 51-year-old man, cut in front of him at the taxi company in the 2600 block of South Wabash Avenue, Assistant State’s Attorney Ericka Graunke said. Bailey punched the man, who he has known for several years, she said.

The shooting followed the dispute over who would get the next fare, police said.

Another cabdriver tried to intervene, but Bailey pulled his pistol and shot the men, hitting the driver he’d been fighting in the back and the other cabbie, a 49-year-old man, in the arm. When he turned himself in shortly after the shooting, Bailey said he had intended to kill the man who cut in front of him and he added that he would continue to try to kill him if freed from jail, Graunke said.

Bailey, of the 8700 block of South State Street, is charged with aggravated battery with a gun.

Chicago Fire Departmentambulances took the two wounded men to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and both were released Saturday morning.

Story @ ChicagoTribune