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Welding shop owner accused of shooting at customer’s van

The owner of a Kane County welding shop is accused of shooting up the vehicle of a customer he was upset with, Kane County Sheriff’s Office officials said.

According to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, the customer reportedly left the van at Mr. Man Welding on Route 64 in Virgil Township to have some work done on the vehicle. While work on the van was ongoing, the customer returned multiple times to pick it up, but each time he was shooed away by store owner Todd Nord, 62, of Maple Park, officials said in the release.

According to the release, during a recent visit to the workshop, the customer noticed that his vehicle was severely damaged with bullet holes. When Kane County deputies investigated on June 3, Nord admitted he damaged the vehicle because he was upset with a customer, officials said.

Nord is a convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms, so, according to the release, law enforcement searched his home and business on June 6. Officials said they did not find any firearms, but did find cocaine, unknown pills, various ammunition and a kit for a World War II-era STEN Mark III submachine gun, the release said.

The unknown pills will be sent to the Illinois State Crime Laboratory for testing, the release said.

Nord is charged with one count of armed violence, three counts of unlawful use of a firearm by a felon, one count of possession of a firearm without a FOID card, one count of criminal damage to property, one count of reckless discharge of an officer. Officials said the firearm and two counts of possession of a controlled substance .