Iowa man arrested after Chicago hotel employee voices suspicion over weapons in room

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A 32-year-old Iowa man was charged with two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon after a hotel employee in Chicago reported Sunday that a guest was in possession of a rifle with a high-powered scope as well as a handgun and ammunition, according to local media reports. The items seized from a room at the W Chicago-Lakeshore overlooking Ohio Street Beach; the lakefront pedestrian, bike and running paths; and Navy Pier, one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Illinois, included, according to WGN, a .308-caliber rifle and a semiautomatic pistol. The local CBS affiliate reported that a laser sight was also found. Chicago Police Supt. David Brown was quoted as saying the rifle and handgun had been spotted “in a very suspicious position” in the room. In 2017 it was reported that the perpetrator of that year’s mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music event had earlier booked hotel rooms overlooking Chicago’s Grant Park, the site of the annual Lollapalooza festival, for dates coinciding with that event. A judge in Chicago on Tuesday set bail at $10,000 for the man arrested in the W incident, identified as Keegan Casteel of Ankeny, Iowa. Separately, 17 people were killed in shootings in Chicago over the long holiday weekend, nearly one-tenth of the national shooting-deaths tool for the weekend.

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