Alexander Podgorny, of Woodridge, faces five felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the South Side incident, which ended early Thursday with no injuries. According to Chicago police, a west suburban man who allegedly fired a gun at a vacant South Side park early Thursday was also driving with four other weapons, including an AR-15 rifle, over a thousand rounds of ammunition, and handwritten notes about mass shootings.
Authorities charged Alexander Podgorny, 29, of Woodridge, with five felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon following the disturbing encounter at Moran Park, near 57th Street and Racine Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood.
According to Podgorny’s arrest report, a gunshot detection system alerted police to a round fired there around 3:30 a.m. According to police, responding officers discovered the man near his minivan at the scene with a loaded handgun in his pocket. There was no one else in the park.
Officers discovered a loaded shotgun, an AR-15, and two other handguns inside the minivan, all “readily accessible and ready to be fired,” along with over a thousand rounds of ammo and more than 300 spent shell casings of various calibers, according to the report. Podgorny was also said to be carrying a hatchet and a pruning saw.
Officers also discovered “a large number” of notes containing “incoherent rants and references to mass shooting events.” As he was being taken into custody, Podgorny allegedly ranted to the officers “about his brother, drug addiction, and his missing dog.”