La Raza Gunman Fired, 25 Shots into Van, Wounding Two Cops Last Week

A gunman fired 25 shots into a covert van carrying two plainclothes Chicago police officers from just a few feet away, showering them with shrapnel and wounding both last week, Cook County prosecutors revealed Monday.

The gunman opened fire from the front passenger seat of a minivan but quickly jumped to the back, opened the sliding side door of the minivan and continued firing his military-style semi-automatic rifle, prosecutors said.

The hail of bullets was captured on a Chicago police pod camera and surveillance video in the South Side’s Back of the Yards neighborhood shortly after 9 p.m. last Tuesday, prosecutors said in court as a judge ordered no-bond for the driver of a stolen gang van used in the shooting.

One officer, 25, sustained gunshot wounds to his left hip, his left upper arm and his right flank, while the second officer, 38, suffered lacerations and cuts to his upper back. Both were released from Stroger Hospital the day after the shooting.

Prosecutors said the suspects, both members of the La Raza street gang, thought they were shooting at rival gang members, not police officers.

Prosecutors said the driver, Angel Gomez, 18, confessed on video to detectives, admitting he drove the van used in the shooting. He was charged with two counts each of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

Police are still looking for the gunman. Continue Reading

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