$ 1 mil­lion bail in fit­ness room mur­der

Chicago Sun-Times - - CITY BEAT - BY RUMMANA HUS­SAIN, STEFAN O ES­POS­ITO AND SAM CHARLES Staff Re­porters

A para­plegic man who uses a wheel­chair was or­dered held on $ 1 mil­lion bail Fri­day af­ter he was charged with fa­tally shoot­ing a man in­side a River West apart­ment build­ing’s gym Wed­nes­day night.

Reg­gie Daniel, 48, faces one count of first- de­gree mur­der af­ter po­lice say he shot Dar­rin Joss, 45, as Joss was us­ing a sta­tion­ary bike in the eighth- floor gym, filled with peo­ple at 555 W. Kinzie shortly af­ter 7 p. m. Wed­nes­day.

The two men lived in the same build­ing, knew each other and had been ar­gu­ing, au­thor­i­ties said.

Daniel turned him­self in to au­thor­i­ties Thurs­day. Daniel, a father of two, has been in a wheel­chair since 1986, his pub­lic de­fender said at his bond hear­ing.

At some point Wed­nes­day night, af­ter the ar­gu­ment, Daniel left the eighth floor while Joss went into the gym, Cook County As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Mar­i­lyn SalasWail said.

But then Daniel re­turned, wheeled him­self into the fit­ness cen­ter, pulled out a gun and shot Joss in the head and chest, Salas- Wail said.

Joss fell to the ground, and Daniels fled the build­ing, Salas- Wail said.

Sev­eral wit­nesses iden­ti­fied Daniel as Joss’ shooter, and he was cap­tured on sur­veil­lance video en­ter­ing the gym and shoot­ing Joss, Salas- Wail said.

Joss was taken to North­west­ern Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead less than an hour later, ac­cord­ing to the Cook County med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice.

The vic­tim’s father, Ken­neth Joss, said Fri­day that his son’s pass­ing is “still a big shock.”

“He was a good kid— give you the shirt off his back,” said Joss, who lives in Iowa, where his son grew up.

Dar­rin Joss, who worked in fi­nance, had been liv­ing in Chicago since he grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Iowa, his father said.

Af­ter the shoot­ing, Alexa Regi­man, who lives in the build­ing, told re­porters she was work­ing out while lis­ten­ing to mu­sic when she felt the ground shake.

“The se­cond time, I was like, ‘ Some­thing’s not right,’” she said. Af­ter she felt the thuds, she looked to her left and saw a man — who had been us­ing a tread­mill — ly­ing on the ground cov­ered in blood.

The shooter was a man in a wheel­chair whom she had seen in the build­ing be­fore, she said.

“I just moved here,” she said. “I’m still think­ing this is a safe area, but the fact that it hap­pened right be­hind me . . . what if that were me?”

| CHICAGO PO­LICE PHOTO

Reg­gie Daniel, a para­plegic who uses a wheel­chair, is ac­cused of fa­tally shoot­ing a man in a River­West apart­ment build­ing.

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