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No bail for man charged with shooting convenience store clerk in Marquette Park

Kirk Holeman walked into JJ Peppers, 7101 S. Kedzie Ave., pulled a gun from his waistband and shot the clerk in the chest, authorities said.

Kirk Holeman
Kirk Holeman
Chicago Police

Bail was denied Saturday for a man charged with shooting a Marquette Park convenience store employee last week.

Kirk Holeman, 22, faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting, which happened Wednesday afternoon at a JJ Peppers convenience store at 7101 S. Kedzie Ave., Cook County prosecutors said at his bail hearing.

Holeman was denied bail by Judge David Navarro at the hearing.

Holeman entered the store with a black handgun in his waistband, prosecutors said. A store employee who saw the gun told Holeman to hide it so other customers wouldn’t be alarmed.

But when the employee went behind the checkout counter, Holeman allegedly grabbed his gun and fired six shots at the employee and a nearby coworker.

The coworker was struck in the chest and leg, fell to the ground and pushed an alarm, prosecutors said. The first employee wasn’t struck and called for police.

Holeman ran outside and fired two more shots before driving less than a mile to his home and was taken into custody about 5 p.m. following a standoff with police, prosecutors said.

The employee who was shot managed to remove the bullet from his chest before police arrived and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and treated for a fracture in his chest, authorities said.

Holeman’s next hearing was set for Wednesday.