Authorities release Victim’s identity of Waukegan Bar Shooting

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The Lake County Coroner’s office has identified the victim of a shooting at Stretch’s Sports Bar and Grill on Christmas Eve to be a 23-year-old man named Anthony Pedroza from Zion.

The incident happened at roughly 2:20 a.m. on Saturday. Officers responded to a report of gunfire at a north suburbs bar. Upon arrival at the bar, located at 200 North Green Bay Road in Waukegan, they discovered a male in his twenties who had been shot.

Pedroza was unresponsive when officers performed CPR on him. He was taken to Vista Medical Center by the Waukegan Fire Department, where he was pronounced dead. According to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek, an autopsy performed on Tuesday revealed that he died from a bullet wound to the chest.

A second victim, a man in his twenties, reportedly sustained non-life-threatening injuries. When the cops arrived at the bar, they didn’t meet him as he had already driven himself to Vista Medical Center East for emergency care.

Following the shooting, Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Brian Mullen said that police had a person of interest in custody. The 30-year-old suspect is called Robert B. Sudduth. According to court documents, Sudduth was charged with one count of aggravated unauthorized firearm use and one count of first-degree murder on Monday.

Sudduth’s detention is under a $2,000,000 bond. He needs to post $200,000 in cash to be released. He is ordered to appear in court on January 3, 2023, for a preliminary hearing status in Lake County Circuit Court Room T020.

The police transferred Sudduth to the Lake County Jail on Monday morning. Mullen said authorities are not looking for any additional suspects in the case.

Another recent shooting incident in the area

The bar shooting at Stretch’s Sports Bar wasn’t the only one in the area this year. In September, a drive-by shooting in front of a bar in Waukegan afflicted three victims.

The Waukegan Fire Department and the Waukegan Police Department responded to a gunshot report from Club 18, 1814 Washington Street, Waukegan, at around 10:10 p.m.

Officers arrived to find three victims, identified as two men and a woman. The victims were gathering outside of the establishment when the shooter suddenly fired at them from the car.

Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Joe Florip said that the unidentified shooter had been reportedly traveling in a dark sedan.

According to fire department radio, all three victims had wounds that weren’t considered life-threatening. One person had been fired in the leg, another in the arm, and a third in the ankle. They were admitted to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan and Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Temporary closure of Waukegan bar in February

Earlier this year, a series of violence in the bars of Waukegan forced the City of Waukegan to take precautions. After several incidents in February, the city issued a closure order on February 19, 2022, for Ibiza Bar and Grill, located at 17 North Genesee Street in Waukegan.

On February 6, the bar worker reported to the police that gunfire had hit his car and the establishment’s entrance.

Less than a week later, on February 12, a customer was shot in the leg on Genesee Street after a fight inside Ibiza. The shooter was later charged by police.

Several days later, the Waukegan Police Department was dispatched to Ibiza early on February 19 in response to a large altercation that had occurred there. The closure order revealed that in that incident, a customer grabbed a gun during the altercation and had to be physically restrained by Waukegan police officers.

A few moments later, two underage drinkers left Ibiza in a car and crashed into a Waukegan Police Department vehicle at the intersection of Genesee and Madison Streets that same morning. The driver was charged with driving while intoxicated and other traffic violations.

The bar, which finally reopened in April, had an administrative hearing on March 1, 2022. According to a city spokesperson, the authority fined the business and required the security guards hired by Ibiza Bar and Grill to have formal training.