It's tough to own a liquor store on the West side of Chicago
Prosecutors said the night of May 2, 2009, Regalardo Smith approached two
people as they were walking to their car on the 3500 block of West Roosevelt
Road. The two had just closed the store where they were employed.
Smith pulled out a gun and reached into the vehicle where one of them was
sitting and demanded money. He then grabbed a bag from the victim and took the
money that was inside of it.
A 16-year-old who was in the passenger seat began to struggle with Smith, and
Smith fired three times striking the teen in the legs and abdomen. When the gun
went off, it also nicked another victim in the leg. That victim was able to
wrestle the gun away from Smith.
Smith fled the scene but was caught by police a short time later with the
money in his possession.
The teen suffered several serious injuries and underwent multiple surgeries
for a bullet lodged less than an inch from his spinal cord.
Smith was later convicted of armed robbery, aggravated battery with a
firearm, vehicular invasion and armed violence.