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Man arrested with semi-automatic handgun near shooting that left 13 injured

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Voshon "Ov" Simmons, 38 Voshon "Ov" Simmons, 38
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Chicago Police investigating a mass shooting that left 13 people wounded in a Back of the Yards park arrested a man with a semi-automatic handgun at a nearby home, but he was not charged in the shooting, the Sun-Times is reporting.

Voshon "Ov" Simmons, 38, of the 5400 block of South Paulina, was charged with one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and three counts of possession of a controlled substance, according to court documents.

A woman approached officers on the block where Simmons lives less than two hours after a 3-year-old boy and 12 others were wounded in a 10:15 p.m. Thursday shooting in Cornell Square Park to report a man standing in front of a nearby building had a gun, according to court documents.

As officers approached, Simmons rapidly walked towards a nearby basement entrance with his right hand under his hooded sweatshirt, prosecutors said. The officers saw the man open the basement door and throw a chrome, semi-automatic handgun into the basement.

Officers prevented Simmons from closing the door and detained him at 11:55 p.m. Thursday, according to court documents. Inside, the officers found the gun, more than 1,500 grams of cannabis worth $25,500 and 116 grams of suspected cocaine and heroin.

In court on Sunday, Simmons' lawyer argued that police searched the home without a warrant and said Simmons has two children and a granddaughter. Judge Donald Panarese ordered Simmons held on $100,000 bond.

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