Joseph Gutierrez fatally shot while riding bicycle in Little Village

Joseph Gutierrez was riding his bicycle in the Little Village neighborhood Thursday evening when a gunman on foot fatally shot him.

About 6:25 p.m., the 20-year-old Gutierrez was riding his bike in the 2700 block of South Karlov when a gunman ran up and shot him repeatedly in the upper body, police said.

Gutierrez, of the 6200 block of South Kenneth, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:06 p.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Police are investigating whether the shooting may have been gang-related.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Moses Van Pelt of Chicago Heights killed in shooting in Riverdale on Far South Side

Moses Van Pelt of south suburban Chicago Heights died Thursday night after being shot that same morning in the Riverdale neighborhood on the Far South Side.

The shooting happened in the 13200 block of South Greenwood at 11:10 a.m., police said.

The A 22-year-old Van Pelt, of the 0-100 block of Olympic Village in Chicago Heights, was sitting in a parked vehicle when a gray SUV pulled up with several people inside and at least one opened fire, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Van Pelt was shot in his abdomen, buttocks and knee, and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 7:30 p.m., authorities said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Grover Tate killed, woman injured in drive-by shooting in Washington Heights

Grover Tate was killed and a woman wounded in a shooting early Friday in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the South Side.

The two were walking in the alley in the 9100 block of South Ashland when someone in a passing white van opened fire on them, police said.

Tate, 47, was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 1500 block of West 95th Street.

The 43-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen and buttocks, and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where her condition had stabilized, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Jose Hernandez killed in second shooting within hours on same Back of the Yards block

By REEMA AMIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Jose Hernandez was killed in the same block he lived just after midnight Friday in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood.

The 26-year-old Hernandez was sitting on a porch at 12:05 a.m. in the 4800 block of South Justine when another man walked up and shot him in the back, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he later died, police said.

An officer at the scene said the shooting—the second on that block in about nine hours—may have stemmed from a conflict involving the La Raza street gang.
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Second man charged with fatal shooting of Michael Harrison captured after six months on the run

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

A West Side man was ordered held without bond Thursday for allegedly shooting Michael Harrison to death and injuring another man because he thought they’d gone into his pockets and stolen his drugs.

Maurice Vickers | Chicago Police

Maurice Vickers | Chicago Police


Maurice Vickers’ co-defendant, Dominque Brown, was arrested right after the two ran away from the scene of the crime on Jan. 9, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said.

But Vickers, 36, of the 2900 block of West Wilcox Street, wasn’t nabbed for six months. Authorities tracked him in New York and Oklahoma before he was finally arrested Tuesday for the shooting that claimed the life of 33-year-old Michael Harrison, Santini said.

Vickers and Brown were at a barbershop at 16 S. Kostner when Vickers started to argue with the victims because he thought they’d taken his drugs, Santini said.

Vickers and Brown left the business but came back armed and with a third person, Santini said.
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Angelica Escamilla and men charged with her murder ambushed another man: prosecutors

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Raymond Boyle | Chicago Police

Raymond Boyle | Chicago Police


Raymond Boyle allegedly enlisted a pair of friends to help lure a man he’d feuded with on Facebook to a Lincoln Square alley and beat him.

When the fight was over late Monday afternoon, Boyle’s cohort, 20-year-old Angelica Escamilla, was dead, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.

Boyle and his other pal, Dalton Stropes, were also injured, as was their teenage prey, who police determined stabbed Escamilla in self-defense, Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said Thursday.

Boyle, 21; and Stropes, 20, were charged with Escamilla’s murder because she was killed while they were committing felonies—aggravated battery and engaging in mob action, authorities said.
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Prosecutors: Man killed girlfriend, Vanessa Taylor, then wrote about it on Facebook

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

A West Garfield Park man strangled his live-in girlfriend Vanessa V. Taylor, then confessed to killing her on Facebook, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.

James E. Thomas | Chicago Police

James E. Thomas | Chicago Police

James E. Thomas went into his victim’s Facebook account and wrote, “My girlfriend was part of the mob. She came to kill me, so I killed her,” Assistant State’s Attorney Akash Vyas said.

The 49-year-old Taylor was found by officers Tuesday lying on a bedroom floor with an electrical cord wrapped around her neck.

Minutes earlier, her 28-year-old son had asked police to conduct a well-being check because his older brother had been getting unusual Facebook notifications from their mother’s account, Vyas said.
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Abel Ruiz gets 51 years for shooting Brandon Cage over gang affiliation in 2013

By LEEANN SHELTON
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

A Latin Kings street gang member has been sentenced to 51 years in prison for fatally shooting Brandon Cage after demanding he renounce his own gang in the summer of 2013.

Abel Ruiz, 23, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder on May 21 after a four-day trial before Judge Vincent Gaughan, court records show.

Prosecutors accused Ruiz of fatally shooting Cage about 1:30 a.m. June 12, 2013, in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

Ruiz was riding in a car with fellow Latin Kings when he instructed the driver to stop in the 3300 block of West 60th Street, according to court records.
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Two men charged with fatal stabbing of Angelica Escamilla during Lincoln Square brawl

By REEMA AMIN and JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Two men have been charged with a stabbing that left 20-year-old woman Angelica Escamilla dead and a 19-year-old man hurt during a melee Monday afternoon in the North Side Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Raymond Boyle, 21; and Dalton Stropes, 20, are each charged with two counts of murder, one count of mob action, and one count of aggravated battery with a weapon, all felonies, according to Chicago Police.

The fight happened about 3:30 p.m. Monday in the 2100 block of West Windsor, police said. One of the men, armed with a knife, stabbed Escamilla, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. A 19-year-old man was also beaten.
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James Thomas arrested for murder of Vanessa Taylor in West Garfield Park

A man has been charged with murder for strangling Vanessa V. Taylor in her West Garfield Park home earlier this week, a murder discovered by police after her roommate posted on social media that he had killed her.

James E. Thomas, 49, was charged with one county of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault to a peace officer with a weapon, according to Chicago Police.

About 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers performing a well-being check in the third-floor apartment in the 4300 block of West Flournoy found the 49-year-old Taylor unresponsive, police said. A source said she had been strangled with a computer cord.
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